The first inspiration for ‘Rosie the Riveter’ song dies at age 95

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“Rosie the Riveter” namesake Rosalind P. Walter, who was one of millions of women to assume the traditionally-male job of driving rivets into fighter planes during World War II, has died according to the New York Times.

She was 95. Walter died at her home in Manhattan.

During World War II, she inspired the creation of “Rosie the Riveter,” a song about civilian women employed in the war industry which was penned by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and popularized by Kay Kyser and The Four Vagabonds.

The woman behind the Rosie the Riveter poster was California waitress Naomi Parker Fraley, who died in 2018. A photograph of Fraley working at a naval shipyard inspired the iconic, enduring wartime poster, but Walter is known as the “first,” being a source for the song’s creation.

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