'We Can Do It!': Geraldine Doyle, WWII Poster Inspiration, Dies

Dec 30, 2010

She was the fresh-faced 17-year-old who helped inspire the American home-front during World War II. Geraldine Hoff Doyle died Sunday at 84.

You probably don't know her name, but you've seen her face. Doyle was 17 and working in a Michigan steelworks when her picture was taken by the United Press. That image - well, the face at least - became part of the 'We Can Do It' poster commissioned from artist J. Howard Miller during World War II, used to motivated a nation of female workers called into manufacturing jobs to support the war effort overseas.



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