Modern Day Rosies: Portraits of Women in Manufacturing
"The Jobs to Move America coalition teamed up with California Institute of Technology for Women's History Month, organizing the Women Can Build photography exhibit. The exhibit, featuring photographs by Pulitzer Prize winner Deanna Fitzmaurice, reveals the overlooked contributions of skilled and hard-working women who are building our trams, rail and buses. Jobs to Move hosted several Caltech faculty to comment on how women around the world are achieving and fighting for equal rights, equal pay, equal access, and equal opportunity in the workplace. "
Marking Women's Global Impact on Science and Industry
"The Caltech Center for Diversity and International Student Programs sponsored an International Women’s Day Celebration and Photography Opening today. Caltech’s Azita Emami, professor of electrical engineering, and Simona Bordoni, assistant professor of environmental science and engineering, discussed their experiences as women in the sciences. Alaa Milbes, senior communications specialist for Jobs to Move America introduced the “Women Can Build” photography exhibit, which highlights the contributions of skilled women in industry using Rosie the Riveter as inspiration. Each photo featured a “Rosie” in her environment."
LA Photo Exhibition Seeks to Recapture the Rosie Riveter Era
LOS ANGELES — Her male colleagues jokingly call her a forewoman, and Ami Rasmussen jokes right back that she's really a fivewoman because when it comes to building trains she can do the work of five men.
The factory foreman and divorced mother of two teenagers is also a photography model of sorts now. Rasmussen, in work clothes and holding a gigantic wrench, is featured prominently in the photo art exhibition "Women Can Build" currently at Los Angeles' historic Union Station, with plans to take it to other stations across the country later this year.
#WomenCanBuild Exhibits Women In Manufacturing
"Question: What happens when you mix a Pulitzer-winning photographer, two producers with a vision, inequity in employment, a history of hard-working women, and some conviction together?"
“Women Can Build” Photo Series Honors Modern Day Rosies
The Jobs to Move America coalition and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy are hosting a wonderful exhibit called, Women Can Build: Re-envisioning Rosie, at Los Angeles’ Union Station that highlights the images and stories of “modern day Rosies.”
The stunning photos were taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, and feature 15 women who work on trains, buses, and for public transit agencies. Additionally, hanging among the modern-day Rosies, are also rare, historic photographs of WWII-era “Rosie the Riveter” manufacturing workers and new research by the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) on the American transit manufacturing industry.
Los Angeles Exhibit Proves 'Rosies' still Rivet
They served on the home front during World War II, building tanks, ships and airplanes or assembling munitions.
Their work was celebrated in photographs and posters, and songs like one from the group The Four Vagabonds in 1943:
All the day long, whether rain or shine, she is a part of the assembly line.
She is making history, working for victory, Rosie the Riveter ...
A Photo Series Celebrates Modern-Day Rosie...
During World War II, Rosie the Riveter became a cultural icon symbolizing women at work in manufacturing. The hit 1942 song “Rosie the Riveter” paid homage to a tireless assembly line worker while government photographers captured striking photos of women at work building airplanes and ships for the war. But as male soldiers returned to the United States after the war, the government change course, urging women to leave their industrial jobs—millions of women returned to working in lower-paid fields like clerical work or working in the home. Ever since then, manufacturing has stayed a male-dominated field. These days, according to recent research, 87 percent of the workforce in the American transit manufacturing is male.
These Photos Show the Inspiring Women Building America...
One of the most iconic images of the American worker in the 1940s was a woman. With her red bandana and a curled bicep, one figure who came to be known as Rosie the Riveter represented the efforts on the home front during World War II to manufacture machinery for the war effort, declaring, "We can do it!"
But fast-forward to 2015, and the tiny representation of women in manufacturing (let alone finance, tech and business) is embarrassing. While men gained 535,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. between January 2010 and February 2013, women on the whole lost 18,000 jobs in the industry during the same time period, according to a National Women's Law Center report. Today, only 13% of the workforce in the American transit manufacturing industry is female, according to new research by the University Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.
National Exhibit Honors Local Women in Manufacturing
Central Minnesota's transportation manufacturing is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the manufacturing industry. But for women, entry into this profession is lacking.
"In terms of female employment, transportation manufacturing is dead last," said Luke Greiner, regional analyst for Central and Southwest Minnesota for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
‘Women Can Build: Re-Envisioning Rosie’ runs May 22–June 30
Woman Can Build is a collection of photography inspired by the iconic idea and image of Rosie the Riveter. She became the symbol for strong and capable woman during World War II, when women began to fill jobs traditionally held by men. The Women Can Build campaign brings awareness of the strong women who are the backbone of our 21st century transportation.
Needed: Modern-Day Rosie the Riveters
Some of us remember Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter, her goggles, her uncanny biceps, the larger-than-life rivet gun in her lap. Most of us, however, remember a different Rosie, her red bandana, her clenched fist and her in-your-face, flexed bicep.
Though both Rosies were a propaganda tool created during WWII to recruit women to work, one thing is undeniable: these Rosies revolutionized the U.S. workforce. Between 1940 and 1945, six million women entered the workforce and, as a result, forever changed the course of our economy, politics and nation.
Today, women comprise 47 percent of our workforce and our numbers are growing.
'Women Can Build': Re-Envisioning Rosie
The iconic ‘Rosie the Riveter’ image that circulated during the second world war represented a moment in history when women set aside their traditional roles to play an active part in the war effort. And while the idea of female soldiers and builders is less surprising or controversial today, a new exhibit at Los Angeles Union Station, featuring photography by Pulitzer-winning Deanne Fitzmaurice, highlights the faces and achievements of women in traditionally male builder/construction positions.
Women Can Build: Re-envisioning Rosie photo exhibit opens at Union Station May 22
Jobs to Move America will debut the photography exhibit Women Can Build: Re-envisioning Rosie to the public at Los Angeles Union Station on May 22, 2015. Located in Union Station’s waiting room, the exhibit will run through June 19 and will feature 15 photos and stories of modern women who build our 21st century transportation including trams, rail and buses.
'Women Can Build' Photo Exhibit and Release of USC Study of Modern-Day ‘Rosie the Riveters’ Highlight Women Workers, Outnumbered in U.S. Manufacturing
Rosie the Riveter has seen better days. On May 21, 2015, the Jobs to Move America coalition will launch the Women Can Build project with a new study and an accompanying photography exhibit revealing the overlooked contributions, and decline in hiring since WWII, of the skilled and hard-working women who build our 21st Century transportation including trams, rail and buses. The new study, “#WomenCanBuild: Including Women in the Resurgence of Good U.S. Manufacturing Jobs”, issued by the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), finds that 87% of the workforce in the American transit manufacturing industry is male.