The Day 2,270 Rosies Rocked Richmond

posted on September 12, 2016

Lincoln Cushing
Heritage writer



Heritage Resources archivist selfie with 2,269 other Rosies

On August 14, 2016, 2,270 people (yes, men were allowed!) all dressed as the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” gathered in the giant Ford Assembly Building craneway in Richmond, Calif., to beat the current Guinness World Record for such an event. More than a record-breaking gimmick, it was a testament to the impact of the World War II Home Front, and specifically honored the women who participated in the war effort.

The record had been previously held by 2,096 women at the site of the World War II Willow Run bomber plant in Michigan. During the war the workers at that Ford-owned factory turned out B-24 Liberator bombers; in 1945, the upstart automobile manufacturer Kaiser-Frazer moved in and by June 1946 began producing cars for the huge postwar market.

IMG_2932-medDuring World War II the Ford plant in Richmond was surrounded by four Kaiser shipyards, which together produced 747 ships to help win the war. The social programs that accompanied the war effort – such as efforts to integrate housing, provision of quality child care, acceptance of women in the industrial workforce, opportunities for women and people of color in trade unions, and the Kaiser health plan – were precursors of many subsequent social justice efforts, including the civil rights movement and second wave feminism.

The Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond is the only National Park to cover this important period in national (and California) history. It’s well worth a visit – on most Fridays, you can visit with these real Home Front workers from World War II. Please call the Visitor Education Center for schedule, (510) 232-5050.

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We Can Do It! photo stations, Rosie Rally at Richmond shipyards, 2016-08-13

We Can Do It! photo stations


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3 Responses to “The Day 2,270 Rosies Rocked Richmond”

  1. Jessica says:

    Nice Rosie-selfie 🙂

  2. Great photos! I knew an authentic Rosie (Tessie H. Wilson) who worked at the San Diego plant. She was so proud to be part of the War Effort, and She’d have been very proud of this effort.

  3. Dan Weaver says:

    This is fantastic. I worked in Richmond for many years before I started at Kaiser and I knew of the famous history of WWII. In the last couple of years I have devoured every bit of history on WWII that is available on sites such as Youtube. If you have never watched any documentaries on this dark period in man kinds history, I highly recommend it. It will shock you, terrify you, make you laugh and make you cry. Horrible time in our history for sure! Let all mankind live together in peace and harmony!! Carry On Rosie! And we thank you for our freedom!

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