To address gender equity and meet the construction and building trades industries’ demand for skilled workers, Women Can Build calls on companies to provide opportunities for women via partnerships with labor unions and community organizations devoted to workforce development.
Jobs to Move America, a national organization devoted to fiscally responsible transit development, started the project in 2015. “It is more important than ever for us to ensure women have good jobs and supportive work environments,” said Madeline Janis, the organization’s executive director, in a DOT press release. “Our aim with this show is to influence global manufacturers to hire, train and retain more women in their factories.”
“DOT Art’s Art Display Case and the Jobs to Move America program together provide ideal ‘canvases’ to showcase the critical work that women in transportation do,” added NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “From Emily Roebling’s management of the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge to here at DOT, where three successive women Commissioners have led the agency since 1999, New York’s women have played a significant role in advancing our transportation. I am excited that New Yorkers will learn even more about the invaluable contribution women make to transportation—in a fun, engaging and compelling way.”
Women Can Build is on view through May 15 at the DOT’s art display cases in Manhattan at Water Street and Gouverneur Lane and at the corner of Water Street and Pearl Street.