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Celebrating Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach
Come meet the women who worked at the Douglas Aircraft Plant during World War II and listen to the sounds of "The Swing Dolls" as they perform the song that launched "Rosie the Riveter" in 1942. The public is invited to join the "Rosie’s" on May l0th from 11 am until 3 pm for food, refreshments, games, prizes. Special activities are planned for children.

Celebrating Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach will be held at The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park, which is located at the corner of Clark and Conant streets in eastside Long Beach adjacent to the Boeing/Douglas plant.

In 2006, Schipske proposed renaming the park from "Douglas Park" to "Rosie the Riveter Park" in honor of the women who worked during World War II at the US Army financed aircraft plant. The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park is the first in the United States dedicated in honor of women who worked at the aircraft defense plants.

"Rosie the Riveter is an icon symbolizing the millions of women who in World War II responded to the billboards and posters calling on women to ‘Do the Job He Left Behind’," says Schipske. "The park and our annual event are fitting tributes for these women who were an important part of our history."

If you or a relative are one of the thousands of women who worked in World War II defense industries such as Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach — while men, who traditionally held these position went off to war – then Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske wants to hear from you.

Schipske, who represents the 5th Council District, which includes the Boeing aircraft plant (formerly Douglas Aircraft), is looking for women (or their decedents) who worked on the home front in defense plants such as Douglas Aircraft, during World War II, to join her on May lOth at the Second Annual "Celebrating Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach" event as a tribute to their history and legacy.

Women (or their relatives) who worked at Douglas Aircraft or any other World War II defense plant from l94l- l945 are asked to contact: Tiffany Andrews, Neighborhood Liaison, Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske: 562 570-6932 or district5@longbeach.gov.