Rosie the Riveter is one of the most iconic symbols of women empowerment today, but it dates back to World War II when women dropped everything to serve their country — and the world — by working on assembly lines to make tanks and airplanes.
“We knew the war had to be won, and we had to help because the men were gone,” said 95-year-old Elinor Otto who has worked as a riveter constructing planes since 1942.
She arrived in Washington, DC this weekend and visited a senior living home nearby, to honor the veterans living there, including two who are former POWs.
This lively redhead loved her job working on C-17s in Long Beach, California, and gets choked up every time she sees one fly.
She is in the nation’s capitol to receive a special award from the American Veterans Center, the Lillian K. Keil award for Women’s Contribution to the Military.
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