Friends, family and fans from the Richmond community were all smiles at the graduation ceremony for 2016's Rosie’s Girls. The program is designed to build character, resilience, team work, and real-world job skills for girls in “non-traditional” trades. Graduates embodied the spirit of Rosie the Riveter as they explored carpentry, welding, painting, silk-screening and more! Camp culminated in a four day overnight outdoor skills training experience at Yosemite National Park.
Many thanks to our partners who joined us in making this program a success -- the National Park Service and the YMCA of the East Bay. Our sincerest thanks to our generous sponsors, listed below. Thanks to your help, the Trust was once again able to provide full scholarships to all thirty camp participants. We couldn’t do it without you!!
At the Final Ceremony Richmond Mayor Tom Butt spoke to the importance of this special summer program, which serves girls from lower-income families in West Contra Costa County. Rosie's Girls danced, sang, and shared memories that are sure to last them a lifetime.
The summer wrapped up with a standing ovation for this year’s participants as the girls performed their own Rosie’s Girls Song:
“Cause I’m a Rosie’s Girl/in my blossomed world/learning who I am/ while I am a little girl/trying new things/Wouldn’t have known how, I see/that I am more than what you see/when you look at me/…”
We did it and we are proud! Read more about our program here!
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ROSIE’S GIRLS SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!
This year, Rosie the Riveter Trust partnered with Richmond Art Center to provide six current and former Rosie's Girls the opportunity to earn stipends while creating a permanent traveling exhibit about their Rosie's Girls experience. The exhibit, pictured above, was constructed during six Saturday morning workshops led by fabulous instructor Dawn Gonzalez. Participants learned valuable graphic design skills, practiced public speaking, and worked as a team to create a many-faceted exhibit that expresses what being a "Rosie's Girl" means to each of them. We want to thank our incredible participants for a job well done!
A long-awaited crown of sorts was placed on the Rosie the Riveter WWII National Park in Richmond Saturday with the "grand opening" ceremony and ribbon-cutting for the park's Visitor Education Center.
The long-awaited interpretive exhibits at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center, which officially open this weekend, are already winning rave reviews from some who were there 70 years ago for vividly conveying domestic life during wartime.
RICHMOND -- A month after their trip to Washington, D.C., the euphoria has not worn off for the former Kaiser shipyard workers who were recognized by the president and vice president on behalf of the women who stepped forward to serve their country during World War II.
Four of the six women who made the trip to the nation's capital were at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitors center on Friday looking at photographs of the trip and discussing the sights they visited as VIP dignitaries invited by Vice President Joe Biden.
Phyllis Gould knows World War II would not have been won without the homefront efforts of women like her and her fellow real-life "Rosie the Riveters." Still, the 91-year-old former WWII shipyard welder told ABC News, "Truthfully, I always thought I would drift through my life invisible to anybody."
It couldn't have been a more exciting or jam-packed day for Phyllis Gould of Fairfax and four other Rosie the Riveters who Monday met President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden while visiting Washington, D.C.
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.
Phyllis Gould finally got her hug.
Not just any hug. And not just from anyone.
The 92-year-old Rosie the Riveter had been waiting a long time for the warm embrace she got Monday from Vice President Joe Biden.
"Oh my gosh, it was wonderful," Gould told reporters outside the White House, adding that she and her friends were invited to eat at Biden's home on Tuesday. "He came bursting out of a room and grabbed me. ...And then he hugged everyone. He's such a nice person. And fun."
Phyllis Gould waited 12 years for the moment when she, one of the six original "Rosie the Riveters," made it to the White House.
Gould, 92, and her five fellow "Rosie the Riveters," who worked in a shipyard during World War II, were invited by Vice President Joe Biden Monday after a decades-long letter campaign by Gould that began when Bill Clinton was in office.
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.