Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA was created in 2000 to preserve important World War II industrial sites and the stories of the people who worked there. In particular, it commemorates the contributions made by women who took on non-traditional jobs in shipyards, steel mills, foundries, lumber mills, warehouses, offices, and hospitals to support their families and their country while many men were away fighting. The term "Rosie the Riveter" comes from a popular 1942 song abut these women.
Richmond played a significant part in the WWII home front effort, and at the height of the war women made up approximately 27% of the 100,000 Richmond Kaiser shipyard workforce. The Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park is being developed and managed through a partnership with the National Park Service, the City of Richmond, and other partner organizations. Attractions include important World War II sites such as the S.S. Red Oak Victory munitions and cargo ship, the Ford Assembly Building that was used to produce tanks, Shipyard No. 3's historic machine and sheet metal shops and docks, the Kaiser Field Hospital, and an historic child care center and housing. Some of these are not yet open to the public. Check the official park website from the link to the right for details.