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Michigan reclaims Rosie the Riveter world record with Debbie Dingell

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-14 17:00:00-04

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined approximately 3,755 women and girls to reclaim the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters since World War II.

The event was held at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

While the record must be authenticated before being made official, the gathering appears to have greatly exceeded the record of 2,229 Rosies set last year in California.

"Today, a diverse group of women, from six weeks to 110 years old, traveled from Michigan and all over the world to help preserve our state's history and bring the Rosie record home," Dingell said.

"This was an incredible afternoon with all generations - including 58 Original Rosies - sharing stories, passing on our history and celebrating the iconic women who stepped up during World War II and forever transformed the role of women in the workplace."

Dingell said the gathering united everyone as Americans and celebrated how everyone came together in the country during WWII.

"These trailblazing women continue to inspire and empower us all, and reclaiming the world record is a perfect tribute to their enduring legacy and 'We Can Do It' spirit," she said. "Today, we are all prouder than ever of the amazing story we represent."