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Rosie the Riveter finally given the recognition she deserves

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WKOW) -- Some American trailblazers have received an honor that's been long overdue. A group of real life "Rosie the Riveters" traveled to the White House recently for the recognition they so rightfully deserve.

It all started with 92-year-old Phyllis Gould. She has written to every President since Bill Clinton, saying that the women involved in World War II were being ignored and they deserved their day in the sun.

As the men departed to the battlefields during the war, 20 million brave American women stepped up and into the workforce. They were known as Rosie the Riveters, but more than 70 years later Phyllis worried their fearless legacy was fading.

"Truthfully, I always thought I would drift through my life invisible to anybody," Phyllis confessed. "We were on the home front and that war wouldn't have been won without us."

And the Obama administration agrees. They invited a group of original Rosies to Washington where they met with Vice President Joe Biden who says remembering and recognizing the work that Rosies did is extremely important.

"You see these women working in a factory doing anything a man can do," Vice President Biden said. "It began to change everything."

The day was complete when President Barack Obama stopped by to say hello to the group; a bold Rosie even stole a kiss from the Commander in Chief. For Phyllis, it was the perfect day.

"[Now] my descendents will know I was somebody."
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