Today’s Lady News: “Rosie The Riveter” Model Dies At 86

  • Rosie The Riveter” has died. Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the model for “Rosie,” a WWII factory worker who implored to other ladies “We Can Do It!,” passed away on Sunday at 86. As a 17-year-old in 1942, Geraldine was working as a metal presser at a Michigan factory when she was captured on film by a United Press photographer. Without Geraldine’s knowledge, the image for the photo was drawn by graphic artist J. Howard Miller and used by the labor movement. It later became iconic during the feminist movement during the latter half of the century. Geraldine was apparently not aware of the “Rosie The Riveter” poster until the 1980s when she saw her own face staring back at her within the pages of a magazine. [New York Times]

  • The FBI file of Jane Addams, a legendary social reformer who offered medical help and citizenship classes to thousands of immigrants during the turn of the century, are now available at Hull House, her historic settlement house in Chicago. The FBI file on the socialist will be kept in a case next to Jane Addams’ 1931 Nobel medal. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Behold, a Tennessee billboard that reads, “Man + Woman = Marriage God’s Way.” [Queerty]
  • Is Tyler Perry the male version of Oprah? [The Grio]
  • Surprise movie heroines of 2010? Teen and tween girls. Anyone see “Kick Ass” or “True Grit”? [Washington Post]


  • The former president of Israel, Moshe Katsav, has been convicted of two counts of rape. [New York Times]
  • Czech female politicians, including four MPs and a candidate for mayor, are posing for a 2011 glamour calendar. Apparently the images are “tasteful,” as far as boobie calendars are concerned. [Montreal Gazette]

Apologies for the shortened version of Today’s Lady News, but I had a crazy day running around. For those of you in the New York City tri-state area, catch me on WPIX/Channel 11 news at 10 p.m. EST discussing my post about Kanye West’s “Monster” music video.