Read stories from women who have found success in construction, transportation, and protective services, or share your own.
Angelica Ramos is a single mom, with two children age 4 and 14. Before pursuing an apprenticeship, she had been working in low-wage, dead-end jobs. She had taken three years of college, but had to drop out when her youngest was born. Now she is following in the footsteps of her brother, pursuing a career as an electrician, thanks to the pre-apprenticeship program at Oregon Tradeswoman.
READ Angelica's Story at OregonApprenticeship.org
Lisa Forrest may be small in stature, but over the course of her nine year career in the Philadelphia Fire Department, she has had some pretty big accomplishments; the most recent of which, made history.
Read Lisa's story at NBC Philadelphia.com
“This trade has transformed my life in every way,” says Beth Barton, a carpenter with 11 years of experience and the board president of Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT). “It allowed me to escape the desperation of poverty, and it's given me wisdom and courage... and muscles.” A determined tradeswoman and advocate, Beth is an example of how the high-wage careers in the construction trades can create opportunities for women.
Read Beth's Story at LegalMomentum.org
Petite Lauren Kish routinely surprises stranded motorists. “As soon as I get out of my truck, I usually hear, ‘I wasn't expecting to see a woman,' ” said Kish, 31, the only female tow truck driver employed by Jeff Critchlow Auto Body Inc. in Shaler. “I expected some burly guy,” drivers often tell the 5-foot-4-inch, 125-pound Kish. Formerly Lauren Ganster, a 2001 graduate of Shaler Area High School, Kish first towed cars for former Rick's Towing on Route 8 in Shaler.
Read Lauren's story at TribLive.com
“More than anything, I was shocked,” says Mary Battle, a cement mason with 30 years experience on making history by being unanimously elected business manager of her local - the first woman in its nearly 150 year history. A driven and tenacious tradeswoman, Mary is proud to lead the 900 members of OPCM Local 891in Washington D.C.
Read Mary's story at LegalMomentum.org
“It's been life changing,” says Joanne Hager, an apprentices instructor at the Minnesota Labor Training Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joanne joined the trades as an apprentice in 2008 at the age of 47. She became a journey worker in 2011. Prior to joining the trades, Joanne was working as a caregiver and didn't know what her next step was going to be.
Read Joanne's story at LegalMomentum.org
Michelle Miller is currently completing her apprenticeship under the guidance of Hoffman Construction. She says, “I actually love doing the layout the best. I like having the plans and getting to visualize from raw sketches on a little piece of paper what you're going to build and what it's going to look like.”
Read Michelle's story at OregonApprenticeship.org
“I like seeing people's lives change as they develop the skills to be crafts people,” says Leah Rambo, training director for Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 in New York. A sheet metal worker with 26 years of experience, Leah uses her talent as an educator and her passion for her trade to develop the next generation of tradespeople.
Read Leah's story at LegalMomentum.org
No matter what your physical or mental capabilities, family tradition or firefighting expertise, if you had been born female you were not even allowed to apply to become an FDNY firefighter. When federal laws forced the FDNY to allow women to apply to take the firefighter entrance exam in 1977, I was in my mid-twenties, in my third and last year of law school and still searching for my life's work. I decided to train for and take the firefighter exam.
Read Brenda's story at LeanIn.org
“I didn't have a lot of challenges entering the trade because I grew up in the trade.” says Marie Lake, a Steamfitter from Eugene, Oregon. Marie has almost 20 years of experience as a steamfitter and member of Local 290 of the United Association in Portland, Oregon, thanks to her father's inspiration.
Read Marie's story at LegalMomentum.org
Edwina Justus is a daydreamer. A teacher once told her that staring through a window wasn't the route for success, but she did it anyway. The 70-year-old Omaha native eventually proved she could succeed, becoming the first female African-American engineer to work for Union Pacific Railroad.
Read Edwina's story at Omaha.com
“I enjoy a challenge,” says Rocky Hwasta, a retired carpenter from Cleveland, Ohio. During her 30-year career, Rocky was challenged physically by her work, and mentally by unwelcoming colleagues. Now that she has retired, she has set her eyes on a new challenge: helping more women succeed as tradeswomen.
Read Rocky's story at LegalMomentum.org