KRCR: Northstate woman shares experience as 'Rosie', January 22, 2016

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Some of the first women in the workforce were known as "Rosies," they were no longer housewives, filling the shoes of men while they were off at war. Rosie the Riveter was an icon of the "We can do it campaign," spreading a message of patriotism.

"A whole life lived and the loss of many, many lives, it was a very unusual time of when things happened," said Naomi Parker-Fraley.

At 20-years-old, young and eager Parker-Fraley was told by her father she needed to do her part in the war effort. Little did she know her contribution would live on, inspiring generations of women.

The Rosie the Riveter poster by J. Howard Miller that we all know was actually based on a series of photos of women working.

Geraldine Hoff Doyle from Michigan is credited as the subject in a photo leaning over a piece of machinery, which was published in newspaper articles all across the country. Her family saying the photo was featured on the cover of the 1986 Time-Life book "The Patriotic Tide: 1940-1950."