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.”
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.