On May 21, 2015, a new photographic exhibition titled Women Can Build will open at Union Station in Los Angeles. But this project isn’t just another art exhibit. The exhibit, put on by the Jobs to Move America coalition, aims to spotlight the decline in hiring skilled females in the manufacturing sector, and other workforce disparities.
The #WomenCanBuild: Including Women in the Resurgence of Good U.S. Manufacturing Jobs study was released by the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE). Some of the findings included:
- 87 percent of the workforce in the American transit manufacturing industry is male.
- Women make 74 cents for every dollar men make in manufacturing.
- While women make up 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, they comprise just 30 percent of the manufacturing industry workforce.
- Women want good manufacturing jobs. In one survey, over 75 percent of women agreed that a manufacturing career is interesting and rewarding.
The We Can Build exhibit will run from May 22 through June 21, 2015. On display will be 15 images taken by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, hung alongside the stories of these “modern-day Rosies.” Additionally, never-before-exhibited historic photographs of WWII-era “Rosie the Riveter” manufacturing workers from the Library of Congress will be exhibited.