OUR ROSIES RECLAIM THE TITLE! August 28, 2016 11:26

 

BAY AREA NEWS

By Karina Ioffee, kioffee@bayareanewsgroup.com

 

On Saturday, Richmond again became the home of a world record -- the highest number of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter to gather in one place.

An estimated 2,265 "Rosies" turned out for a rally and requisite photo op at the historic Craneway Pavilion on the waterfront at the site of a former Ford Assembly plant. The Rosies are a name for the women who entered the workforce during World War II to assist with the home front effort, working as welders, electricians and draftsmen -- or is it draftswomen -- while men were in the military. Since then, the image of Rosie, in her denim shirt and polka dot bandanna, proclaiming "We Can Do It," has become a symbol of female empowerment.
Kay Morrison, of Fairfield, left, Marian Wynn, center, of Fairfield, and Priscilla Elder, right, of Pinole, proudly raise their hands to acknowledge the
Kay Morrison, of Fairfield, left, Marian Wynn, center, of Fairfield, and Priscilla Elder, right, of Pinole, proudly raise their hands to acknowledge the fact that they were real Rosie the Riveters during World War II at a Rosie the Riveter event held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. The Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, along with the Rosie the Riveter Trust and the City of Richmond, made an attempt to break the Guinness World Book of Records record for most people dressed as Rosie the Riveter. The Home Front Festival, in Marina Bay Park, followed with music, food and fun for Rosies of all ages. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
The previous world record was held by Ypsilanti, Michigan, the site of a former World War II bomber plant, which last October bested the record set in Richmond a year ago.
Richmond, home of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, regained the record this weekend, with they tally done by volunteer stewards, although an official count won't be released until Monday.
The women, and men, since for the first time ever, those with a Y chromosome were allowed to take part, came from all over the Bay Area to honor the legacy of the Rosies. One of them was Monica Christopher, 51, of Benicia, whose grandmother, Lona, worked as a security guard in the Kaiser shipyards and sang at one of the blessings of the victory ships before it sailed off to war.

"I thought this would be a great way to honor her memory," Christopher said. Kevin Lazzini, 33, of San Jose, carried one of his daughters on his shoulders, both decked out in the required red bandannas, denim shirts, red socks and work boots. His parents, wife and other daughter also accompanied him to help make history, in the year that saw a woman become the first presidential nominee and women win dozens of medals at the Olympics.

"Rosie is an icon and someone who made important contributions to women's rights," Lazzini said.