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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.

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Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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