A West Huntington location where once women worked during the country’s World War II campaign will be named in May to honor the state’s Rosie the Riveters, a name given to women who served their country by working in industry.
Currently the location for Work Force West Virginia and the Department of Health and Human Services, during World War II Polan Industries built items for war use. The state’s surviving “Rosie’s” overwhelmingly lobbied that the former Polan location receive the name.
Rosie’s became symbolic during the era for female empowerment. Their work attire may be symbolized by a black hairnet, a shirt with blue and white polkadots, and a “we can do it” sticker.