The SWE Region A Region Collegiate Team hosted a winter region event on January 13, 2018 at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA.
This national historic park was dedicated in 2000. It honors the heroes of the civilian home front—women who stepped into factory assembly lines left empty after men were called off to the battlefields of WWII.
“Rosie the Riveter” was not a specific historical figure. A popular song of the day used the phrase to praise the prudence and smarts of the girl who served her country by “working for victory”.
Region A’s group was honored to meet a very special lady at the Visitor Center. Betty Reid Soskin, a nonagenarian, shared about her experiences as a young African-American woman in Richmond during WW II. Ms. Soskin is also the oldest active National Park Ranger serving in the USA.
The Rosie the Riveter Memorial is open to the public. Structural elements inside the park are reminiscent of various parts of a ship in the building process.
What a fun day of learning for Region A! Stay on the lookout for upcoming region events!