Rosie The Riveter Dies at Age 77
Kentucky native Rosie Will Monroe died at the age of 77 on May 31, 1997. Monroe played "Rosie the Riveter" in short-movies and served as the poster woman for women who joined the workforce during World War II. She was prominently featured in the still popular poster which reads "We Can Do It" and shows her in working clothes making a muscle with her arm. Monroe was working at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan as a riveter building B-29 and B-24 military airplanes during World War II. After the war, Monroe continued working: she drove a taxi, operated a beauty shop and started her own construction firm in Indiana called Rose Builders.
Media Resources: The Lexington Herald-Leader - June 2, 1997;