Geraldine Hoff Doyle

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Geraldine Hoff Doyle was born on July 31, 1924. Geraldine Doyle was die on December 26, 2010. Geraldine Doyle was the real-life model for the World War II era We Can Do It posters, an embodiment of the iconic World War II character Rosie the Riveter.

Geraldine Hoff was born in Inkster, Michigan. Her father Cornelious was an electrical contractor who died of pneumonia when she was 10 years old. Her mother, Augusta, was a composer stricken with scoliosis. After graduating from high school in Ann Arbor, in 1942 Geraldine found work as a metal presser in a Michigan factory. (As men started enlisting and being drafted into military service for World War II, women began to support the war effort by taking on roles, including factory work, that were formerly considered “male only.”)

Because she was a cello player, Geraldine feared a hand injury from the metal pressing machines and soon left the factory. During the brief time she worked there a wire photographer took a picture of her. That image – re-imagined by graphic artist J. Howard Miller while working for the Westinghouse Company’s War Production Coordinating Committee — became the basis for the poster Miller created during a Westinghouse anti-absenteeism and anti-strike campaign.

Soon after quitting work as a metal presser, Geraldine Hoff met and married dentist Leo Doyle, to whom she remained married until his death in early 2010.

Because the We Can Do It poster was created for an internal Westinghouse project, it did not become widely known until the 1980s, when it began to be used by advocates of women’s equality in the workplace.

Doyle didn’t know she was the model for We Can Do It until 1984, when she came across the original photograph in a 1940’s back issue of Modern Maturity Magazine.

The Rosie the Riveter character, based on Doyle and other World War II-era women who worked in factories to support the war effort, remains an icon and appeared on a 1992 postage stamp as part of a World War II series produced by the U.S. Postal Service.

Geraldine Hoff Doyle died on December 26, 2010 in Lansing, Michigan, due to complications from arthritis, aged 86.

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Geraldine Hoff Doyle the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter died on Sunday at the age of 86 due to complications from arthritis the New York Times reports. Geraldine Hoff Doyle was just 17 when a United Press photographer captured her in 1942 working at a Michigan metal factory wearing a red polkadotted.

The woman who inspired the famous World War II We Can Do It poster has died.

How the Rosie the Riveter poster came to be was that in 1942 a photographer representing United Press International came to the metal factory where Geraldine Hoff Doyle worked for only two weeks and loved her subtle beauty.

Geraldine Doyle Hoff was just 17 years when a United Press photographer has photographed in 1942 while working in a factory in Michigan with a red headband with white polka dots.

The inspiration for the iconic WWII Rosie the Riveter poster Geraldine Hoff Doyle has died at age 86 in Lansing Michigan. Howard Miller was so inspired by this. For decades Doyle had no idea that her likeness was featured on the World. December 30 2010 434 pm.

The woman behind the iconic Rosie the Riveter poster citing We Can Do It has died at 86. Rosies story began in the 1940s when the 17yearold Doyle was working at.

Geraldine Hoff Doyles iconic image has inspired hundreds of thousands of budding feminists over the years since World War II her rolledup sleeves and flexed muscles exclaiming We Can Do It to a nation of women left behind while the. Geraldine Hoff Doyle.

Geraldine Hoff Doyle the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter died on Sunday at the age of 86 due to complications from arthritis the Washington Post reports.

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