Rosie the Riveter

Naomi Parker in March 1942 courtesy of the Bettmann Archive

Naomi Parker was the real-life inspiration for the iconic “We Can Do It!” War Production Coordinating Committee poster. It was created in 1942 by J. Howard Miller. She’ll forever be in our hearts.

You can read more about this symbol of female patriotism on the National Museum of American History website. Listen to more riveter stories via CSULB’s The Rosie the Riveter Collection: World War II Era which, “provides a firsthand account of American women’s experiences as defense workers during WWII.” Director Sherna Berger Gluck created this collection of more than forty women’s wartime and post-war societal contributions.



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