For decades Geraldine Hoff Doyle was a woman whose face was known by millions around the world, but whose name remained a mystery. It was Geraldine’s face that was used as inspiration to a generation of women to step out of their homes and onto the assembly lines during World War II in the famous “We Can Do It” poster. Geraldine Hoff Doyle 6passed away over the weekend at the age of 86.
Who was Geraldine Hoff Doyle?
During World War II, Geraldine Hoff Doyle was a fresh-faced 17-year-old whose image was first captured in a photograph at a Michigan factory. The image was later made into the iconic poster image by artist J. Howard Miller. Her pose with the bulging bicep would later serve as an inspiration throughout the feminist movement. Geraldine Hoff Doyle was completely unaware that the image had been released until 1982 when she recognized herself in a magazine!
While the image was used throughout the war to inspire women to step up and do their part in the factories, Geraldine Hoff Doyle quit her manufacturing job after only two weeks over fears that she would hurt her hands and would no longer be able to play the cello.
She is survived by five children, 18 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Geraldine Hoff Doyle.