Thousands of Women Dressed as Rosie the Riveter Break Guinness World Record

Thousands of women donning red bandannas and dark blue overalls gathered in Richmond, California, on Saturday to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter.

The Rosie the Riveter Trust — the non-profit that put on the event—rallied together a total of 2,270 people to break the record that was set by Ypsilanti, Michigan, last fall.

This record marks the second time that Richmond has won this title. In 2014, the Richmond Rosies drew a crowd of 1,084 women.

Rosie the Riveter has been a popularized image in the media since the 1940s. The surge of women in the WWII war-time workforce inspired songs and eventually paintings of the fictional “Rosie,” a line worker who works tirelessly to help the American war effort.

Artists J. Howard Miller and Norman Rockwell popularized that image as a muscular woman clad in denim and a red bandanna with the headline “We Can Do It!” The image was originally used as on posters to boost worker morale, but has now become an icon for the modern empowered woman.

After taking the picture for Guinness at the Craneway Pavilion, the crowd of women headed to Marina Bay Parkway for the Home Front Festival, which included music performances, craft activities and several food trucks to feed all the Rosies.

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