Geraldine Hoff Doyle
Known to most as "Rosie the Riveter," for years Geraldine Doyle was unknowingly a symbol of women's independence and the war effort in WWII.
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31 July 1924 | Ann Arbor, MI
Geraldine Hoff was born on 31 July 1924, daughter to her father Cornelious, an electrical contractor, and her mother Augusta, a composer. From the early years, life was challenging for Geraldine: her father died of pneumonia when she was only 10 years old, and her mother had scoliosis.
Junior high and high school
Ann Arbor, MI
As she grew, so did her love of music. She became known for her abilities both with the cello and with her voice. She even soloed with bands in the early 1940s. She eventually graduated at the age of 17 from high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Rosie the Riveter
Geraldine soon found work as a metal presser in the factories of American Broach & Machine Co. (also in Ann Arbor). As men were drafted into the military to go to war in Europe during World War II, many women found work in what had previously been considered "male only" employment (like work in factories). However, after hearing of an injury to the hands of a previous employee, she soon changed jobs, fearing what such an injury might do to her future in playing the cello.