Rosie the Riveter

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At Long Last, ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Gets Her Due
Women who made WWII bombers talk work, feminism and what happened after the boys came back

Sylvia Tanis, a riveter during World War II, arrives with an honor flight of 30 women from Detroit at Reagan National Airport for a tour of D.C. (Photos By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A lifetime after the slogan "We can do it!" became the memory "We did do it!", thirty "Rosie the Riveters" were feted and finally thanked for their service in Washington this week.  

Just as news of terror attacks in Brussels circulated Tuesday morning, an announcement at Reagan National Airport invited travelers to greet these heroes — a few of the thousands of American women who contributed to the war effort during World War II by doing what was then considered men's work in factories, making bombers and munitions.