Rosie the Riveter Model Dies at 92
on 23 April 2015
Mary Doyle Keefe, the woman who posed for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 painting "Rosie the Riveter," died yesterday at 92 years old. Keefe’s image was a symbol for the millions of women who went to work on the home front during World War II. She posed for Rockwell when she was just a 19-year-old telephone operator and, while she was a petite woman, Rockwell depicted her with a more burly figure in the “Rosie” painting to show undeniable strength. Rosie is still a commonly used symbol of feminism, and Keefe will surely live on for generations to come.