Lucky? Nah, a good community. International Women’s Day

ALAMY, RAMONA ROSALES/AUGUST The World War II-era Rosie the Riveter poster and the real-life woman, Naomi Parker-Fraley, who was its inspiration

dievca was lucky. she was treated similar to her brothers…they would say she was treated better wink, wink. Actually, that’s not true – they were upset on her behalf that she received less toys for Christmas than they remember getting. dievca was fine – they were remembering their amount of toys for two kids combined.

Where this is going is that on International Women’s Day – dievca knows she is strong, she knows her opinion among Family, Friends and Co-Workers is valid and taken seriously. She hasn’t run into discrimination via her gender or if she did, she ploughed right past it – ignoring it. (Note: being female has worked in her favor occasionally – not many chemistry/physics dievcas out there. Being good at what you do, helps too.)

Why dievca is this solid? she grew up in a Family that values Humanity and Hard Work. They believe everyone should succeed to the best of their abilities – in a “get off your a** and do it” way. Gender never came in to the equation. May be it started with an Aunt who graduated University with a degree in Chemistry in 1946. Or her Grandmothers and Babuska (Great Grandmother) leading the charge on jobs that brought home wages.

Education was a big part of dievca’s background for her Brothers and for her. That might be a leveller.

Whatever it was/is — Rosie the Riverter hits dievca’s heart as a strong female, leading the charge. A symbol of strength and not failing when a Women’s Strength was called upon for the World.

Everyone knows the iconic image that, during World War II, became an enduring symbol of feminine resolve. But until recently, no one’s been sure what woman inspired “Rosie the Riveter,” the war worker of 1940s popular culture featured in the famous poster by artist J. Howard Miller. Now, as the New York Times reports, the woman who was most likely behind the Rosie poster bearing the slogan “We Can Do It!” has died.

Naomi Parker-Fraley, a Tulsa, Okla., native, passed away on Saturday at age 96 while in hospice care in Longview, Wash., her family said.

The Rosie face first became famous during the early 1940s, when millions of American women pitched in during the war, working not only at riveting, but also at welding, nursing and myriad other jobs while maintaining their traditional duties as mothers and homemakers.

Indeed, from 1940 to 1944, the female percentage of the overall workforce jumped from 27 percent to 37 percent, and by the end of the war, 25 percent of all married women had jobs outside the home.

In real life, Parker-Fraley was just as inspiring, working as a machinist at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif., in 1943 when, at age 20, a photographer snapped a picture of her on the job. She was one of the first women to dedicate herself to war work.

The photo depicted a woman wearing a jumpsuit and a polka-dot bandanna while standing over a lathe. Various magazines published the image in 1943 but seemingly never captioned it with a name or a date. As a result, multiple women have been named over the years as possible models for Rosie.

In particular, a Michigan woman, Geraldine Hoff Doyle, was cited as the inspiration for Rosie. A wartime metal presser at a Michigan plant, she died in 2010. Afterward, obituaries in many large newspapers credited her as being the real face behind the image.

But in 2016, a determined Seton Hall University professor, James Kimble, published an article in the journal Rhetoric and Public Affairs asserting that Parker-Fraley was indeed the basis for the famous poster.

After years of research, Kimble had tracked down the original photo in a newspaper he purchased in an eBay auction. The caption confirmed the date, alongside this telling sentence: “Pretty Naomi Parker looks like she might catch her nose in the turret lathe she is operating.” His findings, unveiled in the article, brought journalists to Parker-Fraley’s door at long last.

“The women of this country these days need some icons,” she told People magazine in a 2016 interview. “If they think I’m one, I’m happy.”

AARP Magazine January 24, 2018


International Women’s Day: Beauty by Country

Yes, the 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. But, dievca got distracted by something admittedly more trite — Women’s International Beauty Standards….Sorry.

How designers around the world photoshopped this model when they were told to make her beautiful.

How designers around the world photoshopped this model when they were told to make her beautiful.

UK-based Superdrug Online Doctor hired female graphic designers in 18 countries to retouch the same portrait of a woman to become more attractive to their culture. The shocking responses show the dramatic differences in how different countries perceive beauty.

PHOTO VERSION: 18 Pictures Which Depict Beauty Standards of 18 Different Nations

VIDEO VERSION: Beauty Cultural Differences Photoshopped

Buzzfeed: This Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped In Over 25 Countries To Examine Global Beauty Standards

Esther Hong Photoshopped around the World

Esther Hong Photoshopped around the World

dievca found this visual depictions of Cultural Differences to be very interesting–especially when she has experienced that her curves are more appreciated by certain ethnic groups, rather than others.

On the flip-side, no matter what the “look” is,  dievca’s first thought about any representation is —- is she nice?