Everyone knows Rosie. “We can do it!” This phrase and this woman is the epidemy of the fight for equality. But that is only recently. During the war, this phrase and the appearance of this poster spoke to war production, the fact that we could win the war, and that we needed women to help. With millions of young men deployed to the front lines, the women, previously thought incapable of doing such demanding manual labor, needed to step up and prove their mettle.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the 20-year-old Naomi Fern Parker and her 18-year-old sister, Ada, went to work at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California. They were assigned to the machine shop, where their duties included drilling, patching airplane wings and, fittingly, riveting. It was there that an ACME photographer captured Naomi Parker, her hair tied in a bandana for safety, at her lathe. She clipped the photo from the newspaper and kept it for decades. The photographer, Miller, used this image to then design and create the poster we all know and love. (Fox, 2018)