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Naomi Parker Fraley, The Real-Life Woman From The ‘We Can Do It’ Poster, Dies At 96

Date January 24, 2018 13:14

The woman who was an inspiration to the thousands of women all around the world dies at the age of 96 in hospice care.

It was reported by her daughter-in-law, Marnie Blankenship. She, by the way, was one of those who cared about the now-famous Naomi Parker Fraley while she was in hospice care. The woman organized the donations for the lady, who needed some additional care and attention.

And it’s a great pity the world learned about the real person behind the poster only at the dawn of the woman’s life. Here’s the story.

Sad mistake finally revealed.

Back in the years of WWII, lots of women didn’t have any other choice but to fill the labor force. It was 1942 when a photographer came to the factory where Naomi Parker Fraley had been working at that time. He took a few pictures and left the factory. Soon, Naomi and her sister Ada, come across The Oakland Post-Enquirer paper and carefully cut out the article with the picture of Naomi captioned “Naomi Parker”.

The woman didn’t have any intentions of being famous. She was simply living her life until one moment that made everything clear.

Together with her sister, they visited the Rosie the Riveter National Park in Richmond. It was there that they saw the picture of Naomi. However, to their surprise, it was signed with the name of another lady, Geraldine Hoff Doyle. Apparently, it was a mistake, and Naomi, together with her sister, proved that with the help of their cutouts from the paper.

"The women of this country these days need some icons. If they think I’m one, I’m happy about that." Rest in peace to Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter. ????❤️ Learn more → https://t.co/gjnC1oyR9O (via @nytimes) pic.twitter.com/CfuXwAPB01

The image of Rosie The Riveter: inspiration over the centuries

This is how the world came to know the true real-life inspiration for the image of Rosie The Riveter, known all over the world. The We Can Do It poster was and is everywhere now. It’s a motivation that works even today.

The woman’s life was more than complicated, even judging by the fact she had to do some labor force during WWII. However, as it appears, everything was worth it. The job women did back then and the poster that illustrated it serves as a great reminder for women today that they are capable of doing everything, no matter what the society tells them.

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