Real life 'Rosie the Riveters' Honored by the White House

Shining a spotlight on the women who proved to America "we can do it!"
3:00 | 04/01/14

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Finally tonight, American trailblazers receiving an honor long overdue. Rosie the riveter, world war it's hero on the home front. The real life Rosie showed strength and determination during tough and uncertain times, and now decades later, they're still similar bombs of that determination. And ABC's Lara Spencer has the women who are America strong. Where's Phyllis? How are you, kid? Good to see you. Reporter: 92-year-old Phyllis Gould waited for this moment for years, writing letters to every president since Clinton. And what did these letters say? The women were being ignored. We were on the home front and that war wouldn't have been won without us. ? Reporter: That was world war ii. As men departed for the battlefields, 20 million brave American women stepped up. Becoming welders and electricians. They were known as Rosie the riveters. Their motto -- we can do it! But 70-plus years later, Phyllis worried Rosie's legacy was fading. Truthfully, I thought I would drift through my life invisible to anybody. Reporter: Then, this week, final lishgs an invitation to the white house. You deserved this visit a long, long time ago. Reporter: Why was it so important to you that we recognize the rosies? Seeing these women working in a factory, doing anything any man can do, it began to change everything. Reporter: A special visit capped off bay very special surprise. Oh! How are you? I want a hug. Absolutely! Oh, thank you. Reporter: I saw you sneak a kiss on the lips with the president. I did! That's a Rosie for you. Reporter: Do you feel honored now? Yes, I do. My descendants will know I was somebody. Reporter: After all these years, Phyllis and the rosies, still America strong. Lara Spencer, ABC news, Washington. Thanks to Lara and all those rosies.

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