Being a woman, a mother, a worker, is not easy, but this year DIFMAQ we want to pay tribute to all women who have sufferes or are suffering from war
Today we remember what has been, for decades, an icon of strength in difficult times
“Rosie, the riveter”
The creator of this iconic image, J. Howard Miller, was inspired by a photograph of a woman working in an aircraft rivet factory. This woman was Naomi Parker Fraley, who died in 2019 at the age of 96.
This famous war advertising poster was the work of Howard Miller, who was unwittingly inspired by a photo of Naomi Parker working in a factory, specifically in the area where aircraft parts were repaired and riverted.
From a working-class family, Naomi was living in Alameda, California, when Japan attacked Peral Harbor in 1941 as part of World War II. This attack marked the definitive entry of United States into the war after several months of conjecture. A large number of men left for the front, and consequently many women entered the working market to make up for the lack of labour.
Thus Naomi Parker, along with her sister and thousands of other women, became the new economic power house of the United States, and J. Howard Miller’s poster was a symbol of this. Even so, the iconic image fell into oblivion, and it was not until 40 years later that feminist movements rescued it for their cause.
🌐 Source: National Geographic History (2019) Naomi Parker Fraley, the woman who inspired the “We can do it” poster.