Obama, Biden Honor WW II Working Women

Five women who worked in U.S. factories during the war get a surprise visit at Washington event.
3:00 | 04/01/14

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I had the most incredible day yesterday meeting a real-life Rosie the riveter. 92-year-old Phillips wod. She wanted to assure future generations to remember the contributions of these women who not only helped world war ii but blazed the trail for women in the workplace and wrote dozens of letters to the white house dating back to the early '90s and said it will be the last one and wrote to vice president Biden, I want to share with you. She said I realize how busy both of you are, Biden and the president but he finds time for sports star, et cetera, why not us too. We are as cute as they are but also said that at 91 and a great grandmother I have thousands of how I'll be remembered down the line. I hope it will be a photo in the oval office and of curiosity of who I was and what I did and yesterday that persistence paid off. Where is Phyllis? Oh. How are you, kid? Good to see you. You too. I'm so happy you came. 92-year-old Phyllis Gould has waited 12 years for this moment. When did you start writing letters to the white house? When Clinton was no revenuin the white house. Reporter: What did these say? I felt the women were being ignored. We were equally important. They were out on the battlefield but we were on the home front and that war wouldn't have been won without us. ? All day long a chance she's the -- Reporter: That's because at the advent of world war ii as men departed for the battlefield, 20 million brave American women entered the workforce for the very first time. Throughout America women are replacing draftees and relieving skilled men needed in other jobs. Reporter: Turning gender stereotypes on their heads becoming welders and electricians. The jobs in the defense industries can be done by women today. Reporter: Independent, famed for their red bandannas they were known as Rosie the rivers. Women who rescued the economy, paving the way for all of us in the workplace today thanks to a little encouragement from their motto "We can do it!." 70 years have passed but I had the pleasure of finding out that can do spirit of the rosies has not age D a day. What do you want young women to know about the rosies. We stepped out of traditional roles to take a new one and prove that women can accomplish a lot that we weren't given credit for and like yourself, I mean, yeah, how about it? Reporter: You paved the way. You paved the way. What does it mean today to be standing in the white house being recognized for your service. Oh, thrill of a lifetime. You read about it. You see it on TV and here you are. You're in heaven. Reporter: After a dozen years of writing to the white house, Phyllis' devotion to the rosies was finally rewarded. Truthfully I thought -- always thought I would just drift through my life invisible to anybody. I thought, we're not going to be here that much longer and we need to get this out because nobody else can do it for us. Reporter: Her latest letter came with a memorable P.S., quote, I'll look forward to a big Biden hug. Vice president Biden took notice and set out to honor Phyllis and all of these unsung heroes by inviting her and her fell Loy rosies would worked at Kaiser shipyards in California to spend a week in Washington, D.C. You deserve this visit a long, long time ago. A long time ago. You're the only one that had the nerve to have us here. Reporter: In Phyllis' letter she said, P.S., I better get a Biden hug. Oh, you're kidding me. Reporter: You're not going to deny her that. I'm the one that wanted a hug. I'm the one that needed a hug. Are you kidding me? Reporter: Why was it so important to you that we recognize the rosies? This is the start of the real women 'S liberation movement because seeing these women working in a factory doing anything any man can do it began to change everything. What fundamentally changed the war was our ability to generate more aircraft and landing craft and all this equipment and we needed them badly and they just stepped up. Reporter: The rosies were surprised by a very special guest. Oh. Come on, ladies. I want a hug. Absolutely. Thank you. I saw you sneak a kiss on the lips with the president. I did. That's a Rosie for you. I hope Michelle forgives me for it. Mrs. Obama, I'm sure she would understood. Reporter: But fun aside the president shares a unique bond with these women. For you this is personal. To have these ladies here who all remind me of my grandmother. Good. You know, to be able to say thank you to them and in that way also be saying thank you to my grandma and to my grandmother worked on a bomber assembly line while my grandfather was off in Patton's army so I'm very proud to be here. Reporter: Do you feel honored now. Yes, I do. Reporter: Mission accomplished. Mission accomplished. My descendants will know I was somebody. Reporter: Thank for your service and thank you for everything you've done for women. The real-life Rosie the riveters and right now, George and Sara, they are at the vice president's personal residence having breakfast together. Hi, rosies, we love you. What a special week. So happy for them.

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