It’s a status, not a gender
AMERICAN LOGO HISTORY
The eyebolt is a symbol of unity and sisterhood dating back to the 1970’s Women’s Movement, which fought for women’s inclusion in trades and all types of blue-collar employment, which had previously been closed to women. For fund raisers members of the Los Angeles Feminist Art Studio Workshop (LAFAW became the LA Women’s Building) made necklaces of ball chain and 1/4 – 20 x2″ eyebolts which resemble the Venus Symbol.
Mazer Archives in West Hollywood has documents from LAFAW and some original 1970’s necklaces. The concept was of strength without a fist, meaning people should be who they are and draw their own conclusions for their lives as women began working in non-traditional careers.
It is a way of honoring the things of beauty and artistry that so many of us find in very simple hardware in our careers. Tradeswomen have used the same size on toolboxes to show they belonged to women. It was in the context of the decades long history this particular eyebolt continues to be used for practicality, art, personal strength, and to symbolize women who continue to work in all areas of labor.
It was in the context of the decades long history this particular eyebolt was added to the word Journeyman and jewelry was made with the eyebolt to symbolize Sisterhood and unity in trades.
CANADIAN LOGO HISTORY
In the 14th century the word “journey” was used to describe a day’s labor.
The following century “man’ was attached to the to the word ‘journey’ giving it a personalized description referring to a worker; most often a man learning a handcraft or trade through an apprenticeship making a daily wage.
In the last century the word journeyman has been adopted into many levels of adult education representing several hands on skilled apprenticeship certifications including journeyman hairstylists, chefs and skilled trades workers.
With increased representation of women in skilled labor the interest in creating inclusive terminology in male dominated careers has become a pressing issue. Although the word journeyman is under scrutiny for it controversial meaning many women in trades embrace the term recognizing it as a level of accomplishment just like a degree or diploma. It is a certificate of status that highlights the unique and transferable skill sets one has mastered.
As female employees and employers we feel that it is important to be treated as an equal regardless of our gender. We don’t want special treatment or recognition for being different. In the workplace we are skilled workers. Our gender should not define our work ethic or ability to complete assigned tasks with dignity and pride.
KICKASS LOGO HISTORY
Soon after Pat and Jamie joined forces to raise awareness and promote careers in Skilled Trades and Technology they felt the Journeyman effort needed a fresh look to further expand their efforts and engage a wider range of young adults and students.They reached out to students, educators, parents and valued industry partners to create a new name and brand. Through a focus group session in 2015 KickAss Careers was born. With the help of the graphic designer at Union Communications and all of those who partook in our brainstorming sessions we are proud of our bold new KickAss Logo.
Jamie has been working across Canada as a journeyman ironworker in the construction industry since 2002. In an effort to expand her knowledge and increase her opportunities, she recently began a secondary journey as a boilermaker. In 2006, she began to volunteer as a mentor at networking events to encourage young women to consider careers in skilled trades through Skills Canada – Ontario. Currently, Jamie continues to work on various construction sites across the country during summer and winter months but concentrates on school and community outreach during the spring and fall.
Pat began in the trades in 1979 after earning a B.A. degree and becoming a social worker. Her dual interests in advocating for people and mechanical, hands-on work served her well. During her 32 years as a stationary operating engineer, she held many leadership positions in her profession and community. As a retiree, Pat continued working in trades’ advocacy and became involved with newly forming tradeswomen’s organizations. Pat co-founded the Tradeswomen’s Archive at California State University in Dominquez Hills and currently represents the construction industry on the Los Angeles Disabled Access Appeals Commission.
ALL THE KIDS ON BUILDER STREET
A five-part series of kids colouring books that aims to educate and promote the importance of skilled trades and technology. Pat and Jamie are always looking for new and innovative ways to reach younger generation to educate them about the importance of infrastructure in today’s modern world. They teamed up with Finn Pette a Millwright and artist from California to create a new colouring that features children sharing stories about people they know who work in various hands on careers. The book raises awareness and touches on everything from apprenticeship to management positions. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program has partnered with KickAss Careers to make these colouring books available to all educators provincially in the fall of 2019. Coloring books are available for purchase here.
The Workplace Equality (W.E.) Awareness Ribbon Campaign was created by founding partners Pat Williams and Jamie McMillan. As women in underrepresented, male dominated occupations the duo are well aware of the stereotypes and struggles to fit in and be treated as equals. The Campaign is an effort to raise awareness and address the need for inclusive working cultures globally. The red and white polka dot WE Ribbon is currently an awareness piece that supports the conversation about the importance of a diverse and equal workplace free from all types of harassment, bullying and discrimination regardless of differences.
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