Rosie the Riveter was an iconic historical piece done by Norman Rockwell in 1943. Rosie the Riveter shows the hard working women who went to work in the factories during WWII while the men went off the war. Rockwell portrayed women as they should be, strong and independent and not just a house wife. Rockwell's model was a Vermont resident, 19- year old Mary Doyle who lived near where Rockwell lived. Rockwell painted his "Rosie" as a larger woman and later phoned to apologize. Rockwell's Rosie was first shown in the Saturday Evening Post on Memorial Day, May 29, 1943.