Record Breaking Attendance For “Rosie The Riveter” Event At Willow Run Airport [VIDEO]
"Rosie The Riveters" descend upon a Michigan airport to honor the ladies of World War II and to break attendance records.
This past weekend, about 2,096 women and girls dressed as Rosie the Riveter, from 16 states, and Canada, including 44 “real Rosies” from the WWII era, came together at the Willow Run Bomber Plant to set a new world record.
If you are not familiar with what "Rosie The Riveter" means, I've cracked a history book for you. Here's what Wikipedia has:
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who were in the military.
The ladies who worked in the factories churning out tanks, bombers, battleships, and vehicles along with holding down the home front hold an important place in World War II history. Now, remember, back then, it was thought that a ladies place was in the home, not on top of bomber welding. According to the Encyclopedia of American Economic History, "Rosie the Riveter" inspired a social movement that increased the number of working American women from 12 million to 20 million by 1944, a 57% increase from 1940.
The campaign to Save The Willow Bomber Plant, and the Yankee Air Museum, made the event happen, and pending official review, may have broke a world record of "Rosies".
Great job, ladies!