EL CERRITO -- You may have heard the Rosie the Riveter song, or visited sites in the national park dedicated to telling the story of the unprecedented mobilization of civilians for the home front defense effort during World War II. You may have even dressed as "Rosie" during the successful Guinness World Record attempt in Richmond in September.
RICHMOND -- A record-setting event held last month is now official.
Guinness World Records this week verified that Richmond set a new mark for most women and girls gathered at one time dressed as Rosie the Riveter at an Aug. 15 rally at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Bay Park.
At 93 years old, Betty Soskin is the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service, which itself just turned 99 this week. Though she's lived an incredible life as a civil rights activist, songwriter, and field representative for a member of the California State Assembly, Soskin joined the park service eight years ago with a new passion: ensuring that the true scope of that history is recorded and remembered for years to come.
From 1940 to 1944, 8 million women entered the work force. Their mission: to produce the munitions, ships, planes and other support required to defeat the Japanese and Germans in WWII. Their emblem was a determined-looking lady in blue overalls flexing her right bicep.
Hold off on your grocery shopping until Wednesday, if possible.
The Whole Foods Market at 1025 Gilman St. in Berkeley has pledged to donate 5-percent of the store's net proceeds for Wednesday to help fund programs by Rosie the Riveter Trust and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. Store hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The largest and most diverse gathering of Rosie the Riveter lookalikes ever assembled broke a Guinness World Record at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park Saturday. The day was a celebration of the lasting impact of Rosie on women in America and of Richmond’s central role in the WWII.
Rosie the Riveter Richmond CA Guinness World Record-Breaking Event Saturday, August 15, 2015 1-3pm at the Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
Hundreds of women of all ages donned blue coveralls, red socks, and red bandannas with white polka dots and gathered near San Francisco in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most Rosies in one place at one time since World War II.
From January 1943 to August 1945, when she was 20 years old, Kay Morrison worked as a welder in a shipyard on the San Francisco Bay.
On Saturday, a day after the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender and World War II's end, the 91-year-old was back in her old stomping grounds, dressed in all-blue coveralls, work boots, red socks and a red bandanna with polka-dots.
Twelve years ago Sharon Moore founded www.rosiesworkwear.com, an online store named for the iconic composite of women who entered the workplace in nontraditional roles during World War II. Moore's company sells industrial work wear for women, and business has been so good she recently purchased a van for her San Luis Obispo-based company.