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Union members to honor women by painting ‘Rosie the Riveter’

March 22, 2019

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area union is marking Women’s History Month by having members paint their own version of a famous poster featuring “Rosie the Riveter,” the iconic World War II factory worker.

Local 223 of the Utility Workers Union of America is hosting the Friday night event at its Dearborn hall. Participants can choose ethnicities for the women they paint in their version of the famous “We Can Do It!” poster aimed at encouraging more women to join the wartime labor force.

Organizers say some women planning to participate have been in male-dominated careers like skilled trades. UWUA Local 223 represents about 4,000 workers at DTE Energy.