Mar. 27: 'The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter' at the Napa Valley Museum
March 25, 2010 at 10:02AM
There was, in fact, an actual WW II–era riveter named Rosie—Rose Will Monroe, who helped build B-29s in Michigan—but with the passage of time, she’s been lost to big-band jazz and poster iconography. Such as it was in 1942 when Kay Kyser’s swing-era hit “Rosie the Riveter” entered the phrase into wartime parlance, and J. Howard Miller’s famous “We Can Do It!” poster secured the image.