In 1942 at the age of 17 she had worked briefly in a factory pressing metal. It was there that she met J. Howard Miller, the graphic artist who created the We Can Do It campaign. (I briefly looked for a photo of Geraldine Doyle, but to no avail– perhaps one will turn up in the news or on the internets in the upcoming days)
Our condolences to her family…
What I like about the image (actually both images) is that they show women as strong with a can-do attitude and a willingness to work hard.
UPATE: The Washington Post has a link to the original photo taken by Miller (red polka dot bandana and all- though its in black and white), and the LA Times has a stunning photo of Geraldine Doyle as well.