Over 1000 Gather to Honor Rosie the Riveter

Clad in iconic blue overalls and red polka dotted bandanas, over a thousand people all ages rallied at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront National Park in Richmond, California. They gathered to break a Guinness World Record for “The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as a Rosie the Riveter, and it is believed that they did just that!

One of the attendees was Elinor Otto, who retired from Boeing earlier this year at the age of 95. She is considered the last of the “Rosie the Riveters”

In the 1940’s Elinor and other young women joined the civilian homefront war effort by working in factories, shipyards, and more to make war machines and supplies for the military. The Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, located on the grounds of four Kaiser shipyards where thousands of women worked during WWII, commemorates the legacy of Elinor and other “Rosies” – both men and women civilians whose efforts and sacrifices during World War II should not be forgotten.

View pictures from the event here.

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About Kristen LePine
KRISTEN LEPINE is the co-founder and Executive Director of Historic Heroines. An accomplished writer, educator and mother, Kristen is often inspired by history and current events. She wrote about Nellie Bly and mental health care in CRACKED POTS, a play commissioned by Theatre J in Washington DC. Currently she is working on a historical novel set in ancient Sparta. Visit her at www.kristenlepine.com.
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