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Why is Rockwell’s “Rosie the RIveter” iconic?

Here’s the link to Sam Robert’s article “Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92,” in “The New York Times” (4/24/15). He had emailed me asking if I wanted to “weigh in on why the painting became so iconic?” My reply appears in his article: it “is iconic because it portrays a rarity–an image of a powerful woman with a don’t-mess-with-me attitude.”

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