Rosie Is Still Making An Impact

Rosie Is Still Making An Impact

The true "Rosie The Riveter" is speaking out, wanting to be recognized in the photo that inspired the iconic poster and reminding us of the power of photography.

This quarter, I am taking a seminar class for my Communication Studies degree called The Public Image. In this class, we read and discuss about the influence and history of photography from when it was first created to its present function in our everyday lives. As I have learned in class, each photo ever taken has a purpose, whether it is for the photographer or for the subject photographed. Based on the context and the time of when a photo is take, this gives a photo its meaning for an audience and subsequently, the meaning can change over time and give a new meaning to a new generation.

From this class, it has made me think of photography in a new light and how great of an impact it can actually have. I then read this recent article published by People Magazine called “See Rosie the Riveter at 95: Woman Who Inspired WWII Poster Was Lost to History for 7 Decades”, which discussed how the icon woman in the photo was mislabeled for decades. Naomi Parker-Fraley went to a reunion at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park where she noticed a photograph of herself but with the name Geraldine in the caption. The photo is of her wearing the signature red-and-white-polka-dot bandana and worker jumpsuit, working on a turret lathe in 1942. In the article, it was said that the photo is, “believed to have caught the eye of artists J. Howard Miller, whose 1943 Rosie the Riveter poster bears a striking resemblance to Parker-Fraley’s photo.” The photo was misidentified with the woman, Geraldine Hoff Doyle, for more than 30 years and after talking professors and media to set the record straight, she “is ready for the spotlight” as the article says.

After reading this, I found it incredible how a simple photo like the one of her in 1942 spurred a man to form a work of art that later transformed and motivated millions of women to join forces and work in the war effort during World War II. The “We Can Do It!” poster is a national icon of the past and present; I even have a copy of the poster hanging in my room from the Smithsonian Institute, where the original rests in place. The work of art has lived on in history and for our generation as a symbol of women empowerment and for supporting feminist values.

One simple photo taken of a working woman in the World War II war effort sparked inspiration for millions back then and still has an influence today. The fact that the actual woman depicted in the photo and in the famous work of art by J. Howard Miller has been misidentified for so long is saddening and should be fixed. She should be recognized for the importance of what was captured in the photo and what is symbolized: a simple woman, working for her country, wanting to make a difference and inspire others to do the same.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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