Colman said black women had it particularly bad. "Black women were paid less. They were also assigned to the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs."
When the war ended, many of the 18 million women were dismissed from their jobs. Returning soldiers needed work, and now women were told their place was in the home. Polls from the time showed more than 80 percent of women didn't want to leave their jobs, but they were pushed out.
Colman said the tragedy of this was that "generation after generation of men and women and boys and girls are duped into believing that women have to prove themselves one more time, one more time when women already have time and time again."
Berry is happy that the Washington Women in Trades Association is recognizing all the Rosie the Riveters. But she'd be happier still if Americans would remember what women like her did to help the nation win the second World War.