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.
Richmond appears to have brought home the Guinness World Record for gathering of girls and women dressed as Rosie the Riveter, having assembled a reported 2,265 Rosies at the Craneway Pavilion on Saturday.
RICHMOND -- There's a World Guinness Record for many things: Heaviest item lifted with glue (16 tons); most apples bobbed in one minute by a group of six (361); highest numbers of fingers and toes (28).
On Saturday, Richmond again became the home of a world record -- the highest number of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter to gather in one place.
They came from near and far—real Rosies, Rosie emulators, canine Rosies, baby Rosies and even male Rosies.
First it was 776 Rosies gathered in May of 2015 at the Willow Run Bomber factory in Ypsilanti, MI, then in August of 2015 1,085 Rosies claimed the record at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond.
Thousands of women donning red bandannas and dark blue overalls gathered in Richmond, California, on Saturday to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter.
RICHMOND (KPIX) — A sea of red, white and blue filled a waterfront pavilion in Richmond Saturday as hundreds of ‘Rosies’ tried to break a world record.
More details have been released regarding the highly-anticipated effort in Richmond this Saturday to recapture the Guinness World Record by gathering at least 5,000 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes at Craneway Pavilion.
At age 94, Betty Reid Soskin is a powerful voice for helping people process history while protecting historic spaces for future generations.
Local middle school students at the six-week Rosie’s Girls camp learned about the many future career opportunities available to them — particularly in jobs traditionally thought to have been exclusive to men — during a Career Day event at Kennedy High on Wednesday.