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.
The spirit of Rosie the Riveter is alive and well in Richmond, where 27 local girls spent six weeks this summer exploring non-traditional career options.
RICHMOND -- The city that shattered records for shipbuilding during World War II is now setting its sights on breaking a record by having the most people dressed as home front icon Rosie the Riveter assembled at one time.
Local girls and women who can put together a Rosie the Riveter costume by Aug. 15 have a chance to set a Guinness World Record in Richmond.
BY CAROLE TERWILLIGER MEYERS
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The City of Richmond does not leap to mind when considering World War II heroes, but it, and many of its citizens, were just that.
Its well positioned waterfront location, combined with a deep-water harbor and abundant work force, made it the ideal spot to ramp up production of ships to fuel the war effort.
When visitors to a national park in California ask Betty Soskin what it was like on the home front during World War II, she doesn't have to consult the history books. She lived it.
Produced by Robert Garrova
Marian Sousa didn’t have to look very hard for her first job.
The U.S. government hired her right out of a drafting class at UC Berkeley and Sousa became a draftsman at Shipyard Number Three during WWII.
KQED's Forum First Person series learns from Ranger Betty Reid Soskin about her work at the Park. Listen to the full episode here!
93-year-old ranger Betty Soskin started her career at the age of 85, and gives guided tours at the Rosie the Riveter, World War II Home Front National Historical Park. TODAY's Sheinelle Jones reports.
The oldest national park ranger in the US tells us why she's proud of the second world war home front park in Richmond, just across the bay from San Francisco...
I settled in the greater Bay Area as a six-year-old in 1927. When I graduated from high school in 1938, my two opportunities for employment were working in agriculture or being a domestic servant. At that time, labour unions weren't racially integrated and, during the war, I worked as a clerk for the segregated boilermakers' union.