New York, May 4 2017 –  The Women Can Build photography exhibit, which reveals the overlooked contributions of the skilled and hard-working women building our 21st Century transportation — including trams, rail, buses, bridges and roads, will close on May 18. The exhibit is organized by Jobs to Move America and the New York City Department of Transportation.

Making a strong visual statement, the Women Can Build photography exhibit is located in the Financial District in two outdoor locations:1) on DOT Art’s art display cases at Water Street and Gouveneur Lane and 2) at the corner of Water Street and Pearl Street.  The exhibit features 16 “Modern Rosies,” taken by Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, in addition to historic photographs of WWII-era “Rosie the Riveter” manufacturing workers from the Library of Congress.

“These modern-day Rosie the Riveters are powerful, skilled women who build our trains, buses and infrastructure—some of the few, as there is wide gender inequality in manufacturing and construction jobs across America. Women have come a long way in the last generation with job opportunities—but women are still discriminated against in some fields and fill too few top positions. Now, when there seems to be a backlash against women’s rights, it’s important to recognize that women deserve the same opportunities as men—and deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Fitzmaurice.

 Examples of some of the women featured in the photo exhibit:

Elisangela Oliveira, a bridge painter for the New York City Department of Transportation.

“I’ve been doing this for 18 years, since I was 19-years-old. I started out in an apprenticeship program with the Bridge Painters Union, Local 806. After three years as an apprentice, I became a journeywoman, and then a forewoman. After that, I worked as a supervisor and in quality control. I did a lot of big jobs for many years.

I believe that women can do anything. Whatever men can do, women can do. Women can build, and do things like paint bridges because we have the strength and the patience.”

Elizabeth Perry, an electrical work leader at Alstom Transportation Inc., in Hornell, New York.

Originally from Almond, New York, Elizabeth started out as a “cleaning lady” in 1986 and rose up the ranks to become an electrical work leader, focusing primarily on electrical work. Workers at the Hornell factory are members of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 2471.

Chancy Davis, the only woman welder at the New Flyer Industries bus factory in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

“For me personally, I can’t sit behind a desk — I’ve got to be moving and doing something. I found that this, along with my good attention to detail, made welding a right fit for me. I learned how to weld in an autobody course I took during college but really had no idea where I was going to end up after that. Given my studies, I ended up working in the automotive industry where I got my first job welding. A few years later though, I saw an opportunity to move into the transit side of things and got a job at the New Flyer plant in Minnesota.”