Woman who inspired ‘Rosie the Riveter’ dies at 96
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The woman who inspired the famous World War II-era “Rosie the Riveter” poster has died at the age of 96, CNN reported Tuesday.

Naomi Parker Fraley died on Saturday from cancer, according to KATU News.

Fraley, who worked at California’s Alameda Naval Station during World War II, in 2015 was officially acknowledged as the inspiration for the poster, CNN said.


“It's my mom. I'm proud anyway. The thing is, I grew up with this woman, so she was special to me because of who she was,” Joe Blankenship, Fraley’s son, told KATU.

Fraley saw the original photo of herself, believed to have inspired the poster, at a convention for women who went to work during World War II. But a different woman originally had been credited as the person in the photograph.

“I'm thankful that she got the notoriety that she deserves. The funny thing is she was a humble person and she didn't care,” Blankenship said.

The famous poster, which reads "We Can Do It!" at the top, became an icon during World War II and promoted women entering the workforce while men fought overseas.