For March 24 of Women’s Herstory month a working woman who posed for an iconic picture:
The real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley.
She was an American woman identified asthe model for Rosie, the war worker of 1940s popular culture who became a feminist touchstone in the late 20th century.
In 1942, 20-year-old Fraley posed for a photograph wearing her signature red-and-white-polka-dot bandana and working on a turret lathe, for a photographer touring the Naval Air Station, where she drilled and patched airplane wings as well as operated rivet machines.
The picture was quickly featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide before it caught the eye of artist J. Howard Miller, whose 1943 Rosie the Riveter poster bears a striking resemblance to Fraley’s photo, even down to the exact bandana.