Naomi Parker Fraley, the real-life Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96

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As this fascinating report in The New York Times details, many women have laid claim to inspiring the poster.

Naomi - a Tulsa, Oklahoma native waitress-turned-factory-worker born in 1921 - is widely believed by many to have been the inspiration for Rosie, according to People.

In 1942, she posed for a photograph wearing her signature red-and-white-polka-dot bandana. Eventually, that photo became J. Howard Miller's inspiration for the iconic 1943 feminist image of a woman flexing her arm under a quote bubble bearing the words 'We can do it!'.

There, said Blankenship, Fraley saw a photograph promoted as the likely inspiration behind the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter in the "We can do it" poster.

Then in 2009, she and her sister visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond for a "Rosie" reunion and saw the photo on display.

"The women of this country these days need some icons", she told People magazine in 2016.

One picture was of Fraley at the lathe, which was originally used to deglamorize women in the war and show them what to properly wear in the workforce.

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A diligent scholar, James J. Kimble, debunked Doyle's claims in a 2016 paper published in the journal Rhetoric and Public Affairs.

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, a MI woman whose innocent assertion that she was Rosie was long accepted in the media, was ruled out by Kimble's research, the Times said.

When he first read the caption naming Parker Fraley, Mr Kimble assumed she was dead and set about trying to track down relatives through a genealogical society. "I knew it was actually me in the photo".

"I'm thankful that she got the notoriety that she deserves".

"Pretty Naomi Parker looks like she might catch her nose in the turret lathe she is operating", it said. The accompanying caption clearly identified the woman as Parker.

Her survivors include her son, Joseph Blankenship; four stepsons, Ernest, Daniel, John and Michael Fraley; two stepdaughters, Patricia Hood and Ann Fraley; and two sisters, Ada Wyn Parker Loy and Althea Hill.

Over 60 years later, Fraley attended a convention for women who, like Rosie the Riveter, worked during the war.

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