In the middle of the parking lot of a shopping center in Woodridge, New Jersey, stands a bronze statue of Rosie the Riveter. On these grounds stood the Curtiss Wright facility, a large plant (occupied 1/3 of the size of Woodridge) that produced engines for bomber planes. During the second world war, more than 12000 employees, primarily women, worked day and night to manufacture the Wright Cyclone engines, which were essential to the forces in the front line.
Rosie the Riveter is an icon for the strong, working women who achieve their goals and get things done. This name represents the women who supported the war effort by working at factories, filling the voids of the men who left to fight in the front line.
The memorial was created in 2011 by the New Jersey artist John Giannotti. He depicted Rosie wearing her working clothes, the famous red with white polka-dot bandana, and an industrial gun in her hand. To her side lays her lunch box and coke bottle on a black granite stone, including information about the memorial.
More Rosie the Riveter memorials can be found in Richmond, California, Flint, Michigan, and the Wharf in Washington, DC.
The Story behind Rosie the Riveter
In order to promote women to work during WWII, the United States government commissioned the work of "ROSIE THE RIVETER".
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