About 1,600 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter attempted to break their own Guinness World Record during the 3rd annual Rosie Rally in Richmond , Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Last year Richmond set the record with 2,229 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter since World War II. Richmond still holds the Guinness World Record and they plan on trying to break it next year.
A sea of red blanketed the bayside stretch of Richmond that’s home to the museum commemorating the life of Rosie the Riveter, the iconic yet fictional female factory worker who redefined the role of her many peers in World War II.
Rosie and the barrier-breaking life she represents has taken on a newfound significance of late, said a number of people taking in an annual event held in her memory at the National Homefront Historical Park.
Hundreds of red and white polka-dot bandanas decorated the Richmond skyline outside the Rosie the Riveter museum on Saturday morning, their wearers paying homage to the iconic but fictional World War II-era factory worker who drilled her way into history as a lasting symbol of female empowerment.
Organizers estimate that 1,500 women, men and children braved the cutting waterfront chill for the annual event, which is at once a nod to the cartoon woman's legacy and that of her real-life peers. The "Rosies," as they are collectively known, challenged stereotypical notions of "men's work" when they stepped into roles at shipyards and factories, keeping assembly lines running while men fought overseas.
If you live in or near Richmond, CA and don’t have plans for Saturday, we’ve got just the perfect thing for you. Grab your family and friends and head to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park to take part in defending (or possibly breaking) the Guinness World record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter.” The Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park holds the current record, which stands at 2,229 Rosies.
The “Rosie Rally” is part of the 3rd annual Home Front Festival, which will feature historical displays, kids’ activities, food and live entertainment.
“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.”
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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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Position Selected (Lead or member)
- Set Up Team – This team will be required to set up chairs and tables and assist with unloading boxes for the event.
Schedule: 7:00 AM -10:00 AM Meeting/Training commitment: 2 hours
- Check-in Team – This team will be responsible for ensuring each attendee has a wrist band and required attire in order to be included in the Guinness World Record count.
Schedule: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM Meeting/Training time commitment: 6 hours
- Activities Team – This team will be responsible for staffing each activity table to provide guidance on activity as well as clean up at end of event.
Schedule: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Meeting/Training time commitment: 2 hours
- World Record Steward - This team will be responsible for ensuring an accurate count for the Guinness World Record.
Schedule: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Meetings/Training time commitment: 6 hours
- Clean Up Team - This team will be required to take down chairs, tables, assist with loading boxes and cleaning up the event space.
Schedule: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM Meeting/Training time commitment: 2 hours
- Volunteer Canteen Team – This team will be responsible for ensuring snacks and water are available for the event volunteers. This may require soliciting donations of pre-packaged healthy food snacks and drinks.
Schedule: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Meetings/Training time commitment: 2 hours
- Selfie Wall Team – This team will be responsible for putting up the selfie picture posters prior to the event and taking them down at the end of the event.
Schedule: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM; 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Meetings/Training time commitment: n/a
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.