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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.”
The Aug. 13, 2016 gathering of Rosie-the-Riveter lookalikes in Richmond has been officially declared the largest ever by Guinness World Records, officials at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park said Tuesday.
On that date, 2,229 people dressed as the iconic Rosie gathered at the Craneway Pavilion, according to Guinness World Records.
The gathering eclipsed the record set in 2015 at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., where 2,090 Rosie lookalikes assembled.
Rosie the Riveter Trust Annual Dinner - April 8, 2017
Mira Vista Country Club, El Cerrito CA
Help us celebrate the legacy of Rosie as we work to inspire new generations. Meet national park rangers and beneficiaries of our youth programs. Enjoy gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay,1940s ambience, cocktails, a huge silent auction and more!
Time: 6:00 pm Cocktails (no-host bar) - 7:00 pm Dinner
Attire: Business casual – 1940s style encouraged
Tickets are $180 and selling fast!
Join us to honor WWII Rosies and the Rosie spirit!
Thank you to our wonderful supporters who doubled their gifts! We exceeded our match challenge and raised an extra $20,000 from a generous donor!
You Can Still Help us Reach our Goal for a Legacy Film & Every Kid in a Park!
We are very close to funding these wonderful projects for 2017:
- Our documentary film-in-process that captures the extraordinary legacy of Ranger Betty Reid Soskin.
- Our work to bring more than 1,200 fourth graders to learn history and park stewardship at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
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.