Rosalind P. Walter, 95, First ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and a PBS Funder, Dies ⇅
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Rosalind P. Walter, the first “Rosie the Riveter,” died at the age of 95 on Wednesday in New York City.
Walter rose to fame thanks in part to a newspaper column celebrating her work ethic during the night shift driving rivets into the metal bodies of Corsair fighter planes at a plant in Connecticut, according to the New York Times.
Walter was born in Brooklyn on June 24, 1924. She is survived by her son Henry S. Thompson, two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.
A popular 1942 song called “Rosie the Riveter” by the Four Vagabonds further canonized her legacy of empowering women to join in the war effort.
It was these that got the attention of the public, which inspired the most famous posters depicting women in the workforce during World War II, although different models were used. Although she can’t claim to be “the” Rosie the Riveter in the paintings, she was certainly the first.
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