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Martinez City Councilwoman participates in ‘Rosie’ event

From left: Original Rosie the Riveters Kay Morrison and Phyllis Gould, with Martinez City Councilwoman AnaMarie Avila Farias during the “Rosie Rally” Saturday, Aug. 15, at The Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, California. (COURTESY / On File)
From left: Original Rosie the Riveters Kay Morrison and Phyllis Gould, with Martinez City Councilwoman AnaMarie Avila Farias during the “Rosie Rally” Saturday, Aug. 15, at The Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, California. (COURTESY / On File)

RICHMOND, Calif. – Hundreds of women of all ages donned blue coveralls, red socks, and red bandannas with white polka dots and gathered near San Francisco in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most Rosies in one place at one time since World War II – including Martinez’s own City Councilwoman AnaMarie Avila Farias.

“It was a fantastic event on many fronts,” Farias told the Martinez Tribune in an electronic message Wednesday. “Meeting the original Rosie the Riveter women was such an honor and pleasure. It was truly a woman empowerment day for all generations.”

Farias said she especially enjoyed seeing little girls with their moms dressed in the Rosie the Riveter work attire.

“It really put into perspective the amazing historical contribution women provided to the workforce,” Farias said.

The event was a coordinated attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most Rosies at one gathering. The attempt was likely successful, but Guinness must still review and authenticate the headcount, which was estimated around 1,049. Guinness will also verify all the Rosies conformed to uniform specifications, which detailed the acceptable size of the polka dots on their bandannas.

Event organizers say they believe the record was broken because more than 800 bandannas that met the requirement were sold before the event was held Saturday at Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond’s Marina Park.

The last record was set in May when 776 Rosies gathered in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The Rosies are credited with empowering young girls and redefining a woman’s role in the workplace.

Phyllis Gould, whom Avila Farias participated with in the record breaking event, worked for three years as a welder at the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond until World War II came to an end.

“I felt like I could do anything if I set my mind to it,” said Gould, 93, about going to work in the shipyards.

The Associated Press, of which the Martinez Tribune is a member, contributed to this report.

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