Real-life Rosie the Riveters get White House invite

A group of women who worked behind the scenes during World War II have been invited to the White House.
November 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
On this Veterans Day, a special a group of women who worked behind the scenes in the Bay Area during World War II are now getting some special attention. The real-life "Rosie the Riveters" have now been invited to the White House.

Phyllis Gould has been writing to the White House for years about the "Rosies," as they're called. Finally she sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden telling him a White House visit was the last "biggie" on her life's to-do list.

Then, she got the call. The vice president was calling to praise Gould for her role as a Rosie.

The Rosies were the women who worked during World War II as welders, painters pipefitters and electricians to support the military when the men went off to battle.

"I think we're a great example of what women can do," Gould said.

Gould is now 92 years old and living in Fairfax.

Over the years the Rosies' role has been recognized and saluted. They were trailblazers for women in the workplace. Now there will be a trip to the White House, which still amazes 87-year-old Marian Wynn.

"The poor little girl from the depression that only had two blouses and two dresses for school and now I'm going to the White House, I can't believe it," Wynn said.

"I think it's about time somebody just gave us a big party, strutted us through Washington D.C. and let everybody know we're alive and kicking," Gould said.

Five of the Rosies and their helpers hope to make the trip to Washington D.C. in April. But it's not free so they're going to start a fund-raising campaign soon.


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