Richmond, California played a huge role in World War II. The four shipyards in East bay city produced 747 ships for the war at a rate and cost never matched by other shipyards in the U.S., eventually landing the city national recognition. Today, the shipyards are a historic park and museum, complete with a Rosie the Riveter memorial on site.
Next month, Richmond looks to continue the legacy of its role in the war, honoring all the Rosie the Riveters who lent a hand to the production efforts.
On August 15, the city invites Rosies from all over in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most Rosie the Riveters in One Place.” Richmond hopes to shatter the current record, set by 776 lookalikes in Ypsilanti, Michigan last year.
Those hoping to participate in the historic occasion, sponsored by The City of Richmond, the Rosie the Riveter Trust and more, should plan to head to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Park (at 1414 Harbour Way S #3000, Richmond) from 1-3 p.m. dressed in the proper attire.
Rosie the Riveter has long inspired feminist movements, causing women (like Beyonce above) to dress as the iconic figure over generations.
Rosies who would like to be included in the official count should plan to dress accordingly, per the official event page:
1. Red bandana with approximately 1″ diameter white polka-dots (hair should be pinned up, not down or in a ponytail).
2. Dark blue long-sleeve workers coveralls, OR long-sleeve dark blue collared shirt and dark blue pants, OR very dark blue jeans (not faded). Long sleeves must be rolled up like the classic image.
3. Red socks that cover calves (pants must be rolled up to reveal socks)
4. Black work boots or work shoes (or as close as you can get, as long as they’re black) OR brown work boots.
-no faded denim jeans
-no denim shirts
-no bib overalls
-no t shirts
Both red socks and bandannas will be sold on site, although the first 100 participants to arrive will be given official “Rosie the Riveter” bandannas courtesy of the Rosie the Riveter Trust.
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