Valiant effort, but Richmond "Rosies" fall short of Guinness World Record

- There was indeed a sea of red-and-white polka dotted bandanas on Saturday in Richmond at the Rosie the Riveter WWI Home Front National Historical Park.

But despite the valiant effort -- including a row of elderly women seated in the front, their walkers and wheelchairs at the ready -- the group did not even come close to breaking their previous Guinness World Record for the "largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter."

In fact, just 1,640 Rosies showed up at the Craneway Pavilion, compared to the record-setting 2,229 Rosies who gathered in Richmond in 2016, when they clinched the title for the second time.

“Rosie the Riveter,” is the iconic female image during World War II highlighting a muscular woman clad in denim and a red bandanna with the headline “We Can Do It!”

The Richmond Rosies are in a friendly competition with a similar group in Ypsilanti, Michigan, who won the title in 2015. The Michigan group is meeting in October to see if they can best the Richmond Rosies.

But for now, the Richmond Rosies are still hold the world title.

The point of the contest is to "show how women made a difference during one of the greatest challenges in our nation’s history,” said Marsha Mather-Thrift, executive director of Rosie the Riveter Trust. “We want to remind the world that women across the nation and here in Richmond took on work that had been mostly the exclusive realm for men until women were needed to support the war effort.”

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