Rosie the Riveter who sewed face masks for pandemic effort coming to Richmond

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WWII 'Rosie the Riveter' coming to Richmond
Photo of Mae Krier courtesy of Rosie The Riveter Trust.

By Molly Myman

Rosie the Riveter Trust will host Pennsylvania-based “Rosie the Riveter” Mae Krier — whose “We Can Do It” spirit shone through last year when she began sewing face masks using the famous Rosie the Riveter red and white polka dot fabric to support the COVID-19 pandemic effort — for an in-person event Dec. 1.

The event will be held at the Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests will hear Krier tell the story of her work and “Rosie the Riveter” spirit, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The event will conclude with a meet and greet with Krier.

Krier, 95, began working at Boeing in Seattle to support the U.S. military during WWII when she was just 17 years old. Like the other six million plus women who worked on the home front to support the military overseas during WWII, she played a crucial and inspiring role in the war effort.

Last year, Krier’s face masks to support the COVID-19 pandemic effort quickly gained attention from people around the world. She received over 5,000 mask requests, and was recognized by a variety of national news outlets.

In 2019, congress finally signed the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Metal Act, after Krier’s 40 year pursuit of her mission for recognition of women like herself, fellow Rosie the Riveters who worked tirelessly to help US military efforts from the home front.

Proceeds from event tickets, which cost $25, will help support Krier’s trip to Pearl Harbor with fellow Rosie the Riveter, Marian Wynn, the following day for the 80th anniversary commemoration ceremonies of the Pearl Harbor attack. Proceeds will also go toward the expansion of educational programs for all ages, historical resource preservation for the Bay Area and around the country, and a short documentary about the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park’s Rosie Ambassadors, which is currently in production.

Click here to purchase tickets for this iconic event.