A ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Still Working at 93

She still wakes up at 4 to punch rivets into C-17 cargo planes

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Elinor Otto appears on NBC News' "Today Show."

Elinor Otto first answered the call in 1942, one of the original “Rosie the Riveter” girls who became a collective icon of the World War II era, flexing their muscles and working jobs until men could return from the war.

More than 70 years later, Otto is still working the assembly line — at age 93, the NBC reports.

In fact, she hasn’t stopped riveting since 1942, still waking up each weekday morning at 4 a.m. to punch rivets into C-17 cargo planes at a Boeing plant in Long Beach.

“I like to work,” she told NBC. “I like to get up, get out of the house, get something accomplished during the day.”

When she started, she was bringing home 65 cents an hour. She’d spend $20 a month on childcare for her son. Today, she makes about $40 an hour.

“I’ll be the one that closes the door,” Otto said when asked about retirement. “I’ll be the last one there.”