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.”
Those who wish to observe the partial solar eclipse the morning of Monday, August 21 can do so safely, and without visual interference from buildings, at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA. The moon begins to eclipse the sun at 9:01 am, with maximum coverage for Richmond (80%) at 10:22 am, and concludes at 11:37 am. The National Park Service will provide visitors with protective viewers, instructions for their use, and information about the eclipse, which is a rare and remarkable event! (The next solar eclipse visible in the Bay Area, also a partial eclipse, won’t occur until October 14, 2023.)
Thousands will gather at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park for the 3rd annual Home Front Festival and Rosie Rally. Participants will dress as the iconic Rosie the Riveter, a character from a Westinghouse poster recruiting women into the war effort during WWII. Join us as we defend (and break!) the Guinness World Record for "The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as a Rosie the Riveter.” This record now stands at 2,229 Rosies- Help us to honor real WWII "Rosies" and make history (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.”
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.
Rosie The Riveter Trust is producing a broadcast-quality documentary on the life and experiences of Ranger Betty Reid Soskin:
A regional, national and international legend, Betty Soskin captures and tells the story of the African American experience from World War II until the present in a stunning and elegant way.
Take this easy, beautiful stroll along this San Francisco Bay Trail segment and hear stories about the many contributions made by the civilian women and men who served their country on the home front during the war between 1941 and 1945.
NPS hosts the opening of the new temporary exhibit: "Art and Volunteerism Collide: San Francisco’s AWVS Wartime Canteens"
In 1944, San Francisco artist, Antonio Sotomayor, painted a series of watercolors for his friend, Lottie Hall Huenergardt, to document Lottie's efforts to create and organize some of California’s first canteens to provide food service for those in need. Lottie embraced the volunteer spirit that spread across the American Home Front during World War II as an active member of the American Women's Voluntary Services (AWVS). The AWVS was the largest women’s volunteer service and organized nursery schools for working mothers, sent care packages to the soldiers fighting overseas, delivered messages, drove ambulances, sold war bonds, fought fires, and ran canteens. The exhibit features reproductions of the watercolors Antonio Sotomayor painted to trace Lottie’s efforts and the work of the AWVS. to create and organize the California’s first AWVS canteens.
There are few people who have captured American hearts and minds as much as legendary Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin!
Rosie The Riveter Trust is producing a broadcast-quality 30-minute film on the life and experiences of Ranger Betty -- To help us reach this goal the East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation has offered to match all gifts up to $8,000!
Thanks to the generosity of the East Bay Fund for Artists, and supporters like you, we hope to seize this opportunity to educate and inspire thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. The Rosie the Riveter WWII/ Home Front National Historical Park is the only national park dedicated to telling the stories of the ordinary, extraordinary people who came together during WWII.
Will you help us meet our goal by donating? Your gift of $100, $250, $50 or $500 will help us meet our match and enable us to preserve this and other important legacies of Home Front life!
P.S. We want to preserve this important legacy on film for generations to come and time is running out. Please contribute NOW to help us meet our challenge by July 15th!