The woman who ignited the iconic “We Can Do It" movement has died at the age of 96. Naomi Parker Fraley, commonly known as “Rosie The Riveter,” passed away January 20, 2018, in Longview, Washington.
More than 75 years ago, this photo was snapped at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California. Naomi was 20 years old working as a riveter for the United States Navy. Her duties included drilling and patching airplanes and operating rivet machines.
The photo was snapped when an Acme photographer noticed a young female working in an industrial environment working on machines that would be used in war. The photo immediately went viral.
The photo was featured in almost every newspaper and magazine during that 1942 year. During its time in print, an artist named J. Howard Miller caught a glimpse of the photograph and felt inspired by Naomi's role in the US Navy.
Miller created the iconic “Rosie The Riveter” poster later that year. For decades, the poster became the face of a movement to empower women and the power of their unconventional roles.
Interestingly enough, the original photograph was titled, “Pretty Naomi Parker.” To know that the photograph was titled so simply and has since become one of the most iconic posters in the world is pretty powerful.
Naomi remained working as a riveter for years and was honored to have been the face of such a powerful poster. She lived a long and healthy life surrounded by family and friends.
She will be remembered for her power, beauty, and boldness. Rest in peace, Naomi!
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