Is this Rosie the Riveter or not? We Can Do It Poster , known today as the Rosie The Riveter is a classic proof that in the pop-culture the historical truth and accuracy does not matter at all. No amount of factual information can ever change the American public perception - THIS IS ROSIE THE RIVETER… what can we do?
Funny factoid : by some twist of fate, both models were using Doyle as their last name, it was Rockwell’s model maiden name and Miller’s model married name. Another factoid - neither of models were ever working as riveters.
We can also leave it as it is, and move on to fight the real present day problems that this image embodies today in our collective mind. Feminists see in the image an embodiment of female empowerment. The “We” is widely understood to mean “We Women”, uniting all women in a sisterhood fighting against gender inequality.
Many women tried to recreate the We Can Do It poster pose, reviving the attention to the icon - the latest photoshoot by Beyonce was the classic example. There are countless versions of this image - including an anime take and a gay take. The image has the life of it’s own.