Richmond Rosies, photo courtesy of Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park
It’s no secret that I enjoy a good head wrap. They’re colorful accessories that protect my powerful ‘fro from the massive fog clouds rolling around Fort Mason. I first learned the utility of head wraps while working on a farm. After finding too much debris tangled into my hair, I started wrapping my hair up in a scarf. With my hair wrapped I could clean out the chicken coop, and no one would know because of my perfectly preserved hair-do. I have since associated headscarves as a symbol of women at work.
This Saturday the Rosie the Riveter WWII Homefront National Historic Park will celebrate another iconic scarf-wearing, workingwoman. The 2016 Rosie Rally, in honor of Rosie the Riveter, will be held August 13 starting at 10 AM. This national park will be vying to reclaim the Guinness World Record for most folks dressed as Rosie the Riveter, and everyone’s invited! Since 2014, Richmond, California has been in a friendly competition with another wartime boom town, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti currently has the record for most Rosies (with over 2,000 officially counted), but Richmond Rosies won’t take this sitting down.
If you want to help Richmond, CA regain bragging rights, please join us this Saturday. Rosies of all genders and ages are welcome and counted. Please be mindful that in order to be claimed towards the official Rosie count you must:
- Have a red bandanna with polka dots, worn in the traditional style
- Dark blue collared shirt and dark blue pants OR dark blue coveralls
- Closed toe black or brown shoes
- Red socks
Limited amounts of red polka dot bandannas and red socks are for sale at the National Park Visitor Education Center should you need them. Click here for more details on this awesome celebration.
See you there!