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What Rosie the Riveter would make today

While Rosie the Riveter has become an indelible symbol of feminist activism, the woman who inspired the famous image may have unknowingly been the first generation who were targeted by the same gender wage gap that women experience today.

Naomi Parker Fraley, who is believed to be the inspiration behind the wartime poster, died at the age of 96 on Saturday, BBC News reported Tuesday. The Rosie the Riveter image was created by Pittsburgh-based artist J. Howard Miller, and researchers believe that he based the poster on a photograph of a woman factory worker that was widely published in magazines in 1943.

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