Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The passing of an icon

Geraldine Doyle became the embodiment of women at home during WWII. The photo above right shows that she was gorgeous, glamorous young woman. But when her country needed her, she, like many many others, rolled up her sleeves and did her part. The campaign featuring her likeness inspired women to patriotism and duty, as well as a sense of personal acheivement and contribution. Women didn't have to just sit home and wring their hands. And didn't they look jaunty in their coveralls, bandannas, and red lipstick! Bravo, beautiful lady.

From the Lansing State Journal-

"Her face became synonymous with women's empowerment, and her death is the passing of an era.

Geraldine Doyle of Lansing, whose face became the inspiration behind the iconic World War II image of "Rosie the Riveter," has died, according to her family. A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m., Jan. 8 at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw St.

" 'Rosie the Riveter' is the image of an independent woman who is control of her own destiny," said Gladys Beckwith, former director of the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame. "She was a gracious, beautiful woman. Her death is the end of an era, and we need to take note of that. We need to respect what she stood for."

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