Proving you can kick butt at any age, Betty Soskin made a big career change — at 85 years old.

She does a job most people wouldn't expect a 93-year-old to do. She is the country's oldest park ranger.

And her tour is in high demand because of her unique perspective.

Five days a week, Betty Soskin gives tours of Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park.


"I still love this uniform. Partly because there's a silent message to every little girl of color that I pass on the street or in an elevator or on an escalator who suddenly has it announced that there's a career choice she may not have ever thought of."
— Betty Soskin

Her life story is fascinating in itself. "The Today Show" did a short segment that made the interviewer cry:

At 27, her great-grandmother, a former slave, passed away. Betty worked through World War II as a clerk for a segregated union. And at age 85, she decided to become a park ranger for the Rosie the Riveter park. It didn't seem like a big deal to her because her mother lived until 101, her great-grandmother lived until 102, and her great-aunt lived to 107. They all stayed busy until their passing.

The stories she keeps alive through her tours are amazing, too.

Like the many talented, hard-working women whose contributions kept America going during World War II.

A former waitress building ships:

Eastine Cowner works as a scaler to construct the Liberty ship SS George Washington Carver launched on May 7, 1943. Public domain.

A mom doing her best to juggle her work role and her home role:

Midnight-shift shipyard worker Arlene Corbin brings her daughter to a day care facility before going home to sleep. Public domain.

Here's what Betty says about retiring:

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