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PRESS RELEASE –FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017

Rosie Rally and Home Front Festival return to Richmond

Events aim to shatter Rosie the Riveter record, celebrate home front in historic shipyard city

RICHMOND, Calif. – A sea of red and white polka-dot bandanas will flood the Craneway Pavilion and Lucretia Edwards Park in Richmond, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 12, when thousands dressed as the iconic Rosie the Riveter will gather to celebrate the spirit of the women who rallied to support the home front effort during World War II.

“We’re rallying to show how women made a difference during one of the greatest challenges in our nation’s history,” said Marsha Mather-Thrift, executive director of Rosie the Riveter Trust. “We want to remind the world that women across the nation and here in Richmond took on work that had been mostly the exclusive realm for men until women were needed to support the war effort. Then, women rallied and rose to the occasion and that’s what we want them to do with us again on Aug. 12.”

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RICHMOND — The city will try to raise the bar on the verified world record it set last year and you’re invited to be part of it.

The annual Rosie Rally and Home Front Festival on Aug. 12 at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, will again seek a new Guinness World Record for most people gathered at one time dressed as the Rosie depicted in the famous World War II morale-boosting poster.

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.

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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.

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