Women can build

Hilda Solis (Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice)

I am fortunate to have so many friends from all walks of life, thanks to being a lifelong journalist. (And yes, some of them are from The Union newspaper). This week, I was pleased to see that a friend and former colleague at the San Francisco Chronicle, Deanne Fitzmaurice, is introducing her photography exhibit “Modern Day Rosies” in New York City.

It is well timed for “International Women’s Day” and “A Day without Women” in our community.

I was reminded that my grandmother worked at the Hughes Aircraft Co in Los Angeles in the World War II era, along with the “riveters.” She was a graduate of UC Berkeley, more unusual for women at the time than nowadays.

Here’s Deanne’s artist statement: “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. I wanted to celebrate these strong, dynamic women in this series of portraits—and hope that this work sparks discussion that will help create increased opportunity for women.”

More details are here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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