Calling Rosie the Riveters and Impersonators

Last Updated by Denyse Shannon on
Classic Rosie the Riveter image
Public domain "We-Can-Do-It" poster

Women from all over the state of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region are invited to help break a world’s record this October and learn a little history. The Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport is looking to fill the Eastern Michigan University Convocation center in Ypsilanti with Rosie the Riveter impersonators on October 14th. Dave Callanan is with the Yankee Air Museum. He says the purpose is to preserve and recognize history, particularly the history of women in the work place. The history of Rosie the Riveter marks the first time that women went into the workforce in an industrial capacity.

Callanan says this year he hopes to see at least 100 original Rosies, most of whom are in their 90s, at the event. He says a few years ago the record was set when nearly 800 Rosies helped save the Willow Run bomber plant from demolition. He says it has been a back and forth with a group in California since. The record is currently 2,229 women dressed in classic Rosie the Riveter attire. This year organizers hope to stop the volley by bringing 3,000 or more Rosies into the convocation center. Attendees need to wear authentic looking costumes to be counted including the signature bandana and red socks. The count will take place at 11 a.m. Costume requirements and details can be found at YankeeAirMuseum.org.

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