A Michigan group apparently reclaimed the Guinness World Record for girls and women dressed as Rosie the Riveter on Saturday, with organizers saying 2,097 lookalikes gathered for a photo at the Old Willow Run Bomber Plant near Detroit, according to news reports.
Participants from 16 states and Canada, including 44 actual WWII-era Rosie the Riveters, assembled at the Michigan plant for the world record feat. Organizers said there were enough Rosies to soundly defeat the “old” world record set on Aug. 15 in Richmond, when 1,084 people dressed as Rosie gathered at The Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Bay Park.
Since Richmond’s contingent had initially robbed the world record from Michigan’s, it is safe to say a rivalry has surfaced. But it’s not your usual rivalry. Last weekend, organizers behind Richmond’s world record feat were among the Michigan group’s loudest cheerleaders.
“Good luck today to our Michigan Sisters in Polk-a-Dots! We Can Do It!,” stated a Facebook post from the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond.
While records may be won and lost in this rivalry, the memory and legacy of Rosie the Riveter wins every time.
Rosie the Riveter represents the iconic character on WWII-era posters summoning American women to work, many in factories, while men battled overseas.