On December 26, 2010, Geraldine Doyle, the model for the Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It!” poster passed away due to complications with arthritis. The iconic “We Can Do It!” poster became an image of the women’s liberation movement that today and an unmistakable feminist image here in the United States. During my college days, this poster was among the many that graced my walls, and I hope to replace it once I get settled into a more permanent dwelling.
Rosie is by her very nature also Dieselpunk source material due to her World War II origins. But the people over at A Case of Do or Die have redesigned Rosie from her original image into both Diesel and Steampunk imaginings. And the results are AWESOME.
I love that A Case of Do or Die has reimagined Rosie in both Steam and Diesel aesthetics. Feminism is something that both period-punk movements can embrace, and as a proponent of political Steampunk I’m thrilled to see the use of the “We Can Do It” poster.