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RICHMOND — This coming Tuesday, March 21, is officially the first ever American Rosie the Riveter Day, a nationwide observance honoring the women who worked in defense roles on the World War II home front, breaking barriers and reshaping the modern workforce. The national recognition will be marked locally at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitors center, 1414 Harbour Way South with an appearance by six of the women who worked in the Richmond shipyards.
The day of recognition became official with the approval of a U.S. Senate resolution approved on March 15.
Mar 1, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C.- To kick off Women’s History Month, a bicameral group of bipartisan lawmakers led by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), along with Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Christopher Coons (D-DE) and 53 other members of Congress, introduced a Congressional Resolution to designate March 21st, 2017, as ‘National Rosie the Riveter Day,’ a national day of recognition for the millions of women who supported the war effort on the home front during World War II.
The ‘National Rosie the Riveter Day’ would honor the vital contributions that were made by countless American women of all backgrounds during World War II who, with millions of American men deployed overseas, joined the workforce in increasing numbers and took on new roles previously held by men.
“The ‘Rosies’ helped our nation win World War II, and inspired generations who continue to follow in their footsteps, knowing that women can do anything that men can do,” said Rep. Huffman. “The changing roles of women in the workforce during the war forced us to look at child care and health care in a new way, and increased the momentum toward equal rights — a fight that continues today. We owe the Rosies a great debt, and must continue to recognize them as the American heroes that they are.”
At a deeply moving event held on October 9, 94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin was honored as someone whose “artistic vision, moral force and intellectual clarity gives voice to the people of California, their needs and desires, sufferings, struggles and triumphs.”
Soskin is a political activist raised in Oakland and Berkeley, and currently America’s oldest park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif. Her participation and activism in the creation of the park itself was instrumental in the ways Rosie the Riveter incorporates and memorializes the African-American history of Richmond and the greater Bay Area region.
She shook hands with President Obama, received Congressional honors and made national headlines after fending off a violent burglar in her Richmond home.
RICHMOND -- There's a World Guinness Record for many things: Heaviest item lifted with glue (16 tons); most apples bobbed in one minute by a group of six (361); highest numbers of fingers and toes (28).
On Saturday, Richmond again became the home of a world record -- the highest number of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter to gather in one place.
Thousands of women donning red bandannas and dark blue overalls gathered in Richmond, California, on Saturday to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter.