Rosie the Riveter Park Ranger Robbed
Post #73 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett
NOTE: Kendra and I are reprinting an email we received from the Executive Director of the Rosie the Riveter Trust in Richmond, California.
If you don’t know about the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Center, be sure to include it the next time you visit northern California. It’s a real treat and the many activities of the Rosie the Riveter Trust are important to future generations of strong, empowered women.
And we hope that by the time you visit, NPS Ranger Betty Reid Soskin will be recovered and back on duty.
In case you don’t know about NPS Ranger Soskin, she is 94 years old and still as active, energetic, engaged, and alert as we all hope to be at that age. She bravely fought her attacker.
The Rosie the Riveter Trust is also getting ready for a Rosie Rally where they hope to break the current Guinness Record of the most Rosie the Riveters gathered in one place. We’ll provide you information and details next week. Be sure to come back then.
On Monday, June 27, NPS Ranger Betty Reid Soskin was robbed an assaulted in her home. The intruder even stole the special coin handed personally to Betty by President Obama at the 2015 National Tree Lighting Ceremony. We are all upset by this horrific news, but relieved to report that she is recovering well, with no major injuries.
The outpouring of love and support for Betty during this time has been truly moving. Obviously, she has inspired thousands across the nation with her powerful story, brilliant insight and incredible will.
If you have not already done so, we would like to invite you to make a contribution of any size to Betty’s Fund.
All funds raised beyond immediate needs will be used, as Betty has asked, to complete a film in progress that contains vital documentary information about Betty’s life and impact. This is the legacy that she wants to continue passing on to younger generations, and a remarkable testimonial to her strength of spirit. Go to www.rosietheriveter.org to donate, and to view the first clips from this important project. You can also mail checks to Rosie the Riveter Trust, PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807, ear-marked “Betty’s Fund.”
You are welcome to send cards to Betty via the Park’s Visitor Center. Betty is not, understandably, taking calls or visitors, and has expressed that she does not wish to receive flowers at this time. Address cards and letters to:
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Center
Attn: Betty Reid Soskin
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000 (Oil House)
Richmond, CA 94804
Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Marsha Mather-Thrift, Executive Director
Rosie the Riveter Trust
Want to Learn More About Betty?
There have been a number of newspaper articles about Betty and this robbery. Here’s one that provides the details.
A Brief Video of Betty Soskin