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.
When Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Deanne Fitzmaurice was approached to work on this project, she knew immediately that it was something she wanted to be a part of. “I had a kinship with these women and knew how great it would be to photograph these confident women who I came to admire — breaking with tradition and believing in themselves,” Fitzmaurice said. Each individual portrait embraces the power of women and exudes the strength of the subject in her space. Fitzmaurice’s images, along with their story, is a reminder of how far women have come in a relatively short amount of time.
The work by Fitzmaurice, as well as historical images of WWII-era Rosies can be viewed through June 30 in the waiting room of Union Station. The show then will travel to Washington, D.C. When asked what her vision for this project is, Fitzmaurice said, “We want girls and young women in America to see themselves as mechanical and able to build anything they set their minds to. We want Rosie to have a permanent place in America’s vision of itself. It means a lot to me to be able to help empower women and girls to follow their dreams.”
Follow Deanne Fitzmaurice as she continues to document the stories of ground-breaking women around the country.
Caption: Chancy Davis is a welder at the New Flyer Industries Bus Factory in St. Cloud, Minn., by Deanne Fitzmaurice