The Rosies are finally off to Washington DC to get a "real hug" from Vice President Joe Biden.
The six elderly women from the Bay Area were sent off in style, with Virgin America rolling out the red carpet and donating premium cabin seats for their trip.
To anyone who knows Phyllis Gould, it's no surprise that at age 92 she's making news. As a woman who's lived her life with fierce independence and fearlessness, her persistence in gaining recognition in the White House for female World War II defense workers is merely her latest exploit.
Gould is the organizer of a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., for a group of California "Rosie the Riveters," beginning this Saturday.
AFTER WRITING LETTERS to the White House for many years, Phyllis Gould of Fairfax and four other Rosie the Riveters are set to fly Saturday to Washington, D.C. to meet Vice President Joe Biden.
Gould, 92, worked as a welder at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II and has been writing letters since 2008 petitioning elected officials to recognize the contributions of Rosies such as herself. Biden invited the Rosies to the White House in October. The visit was made possible by a fundraising campaign that began late last year.
Save the Date! The 2019 Annual Dinner will be Saturday April 6, 2019.
The Rosie the Riveter Trust Board of Directors invites you to attend Stories to Inspire--Honoring the Past, Forging the Future, our Annual Benefit Dinner 2019. This event will honor living Rosies and other home front workers who transformed American industry, society and culture, and help raise funds for our youth programs. Enjoy a special evening to benefit programs of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
Join us at El Cerrito’s historic Berkeley Country Club on Saturday April 6, 2019, to enjoy a special homage to the stories and people who inspired a nation and the future generations. Meet our special guest Jonathan Jarvis, former National Park Services Director, who now leads the Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity at U.C. Berkeley, and crafted Every Kid in a Park, which has increased access to national parks for youngsters from every background, and their families. Help us honor the courage and dedication of WWII Rosies, and raise funds to inspire new generations with vital historical knowledge and a 21st Century “We Can Do It” spirit.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Berkeley Country Club
7901 Cutting Boulevard, El Cerrito, CA 94530
5:30 pm - Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00 pm - Dinner and Program
Dress code: Business casual - 40's wear encouraged
Sponors from 2018 Dinner
RICHMOND — Fundraising efforts have begun in earnest to send five women — including one from Fairfax — who served as defense workers in World War II to Washington, D.C., in April to meet Vice President Joe Biden.
The invitation was extended by Biden in a personal phone call in October after an extended letter-writing campaign of several years by Phyllis Gould, 92, a Fairfax resident who worked at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II.
RICHMOND -- They came to this city's national park from as far as Georgia and Germany, ages ranging from 4 to 83.
The draw was a rare Bay Area treasure, a government worker made famous by a government shutdown.