As we reported two weeks ago, Tuesday, March 21, has been designated “National Rosie the Riveter Day” as part of a bipartisan Congressional Resolution, and in honor of Women’s History Month.
And so you better believe Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park will honor this occasion. In fact, two local events are coming up that will feature a number of original WWII Rosies.
On Tuesday at 11 a.m., six original Rosies who are in their 90s and who serve as national park docents, will assemble at the Rosie the Riveter Visitors Center at 1414 Harbour Way South. They will help commemorate Rosie the Riveter Day with park staff and others.
And then on April 8, original Rosies will take part in a dinner and silent auction benefiting the Rosie the Riveter Trust at Mira Vista Country Club in El Cerrito. The event, dubbed Rosies Forever, provides another opportunity to meet and hear stories from the women, including the iconic NPS ranger Betty Reid Soskin of Richmond.
The April 8 event, which features a 1940s ambience that includes jazz and piano tunes performed by Pt. Richmond pianist Dan Damon, begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and includes a special Rosie the Riveter hula and other dances performed by East Bay dance group Nā Mamo No’eau. Individual tickets are $180.
“Proceeds support Rosie the Riveter Trust’s work to expand educational programs for all ages and preserve historical Home Front resources for the Bay Area and the nation,” according to the Trust. “Funds will be used for ongoing projects including bringing fourth graders from local schools to the park’s Visitors Center as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, which helped provide bus transportation for 1,200 fourth graders from underserved schools to visit the park in 2016.
Rosie the Riveter is the cultural icon representing women who filled a workforce need while men fought overseas during WWII. She is as much a symbol of someone who paved the way for women’s equality in the workforce. They entered the workforce as riveters, welders, electricians and engineers from 1941 to 1945 and set in motion a woman’s right to access high-level skills and salaries.