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Wartime Rosie Inspires New Campaign

Wartime Rosie Inspires New Campaign Wartime Rosie Inspires New Campaign

Rosie the Riveter was such a perfect symbol for their cause, the advocates of a new awareness campaign aimed at improving the lot of women in the trades couldn’t believe it hadn’t been used before. Hamilton ironworker and welder Jamie McMillan is co-founder of the Workplace Equality (WE) awareness campaign. Its ribbons are red with white polka […]

Tradeswomen Tuesday: Jamie McMillan, Ironworker/Welder

Tradeswomen Tuesday: Jamie McMillan, Ironworker/Welder Jamie McMillan, Ironworker/Welder

Jamie McMillan has a technique for dealing with a persistent problem for women in the skilled trades — the idea that a female on a work site means distraction. In honor of the Women Building the Nation Conference, May 1st -3rd 2015, the star of this week’s Tradeswomen Tuesday is one of the many international tradeswomen […]

Ribbon Campaign Raises Awareness About Issues Women Face Entering the Trades

Ribbon Campaign Raises Awareness About Issues Women Face Entering the Trades Workplace Equality Ribbon

How the W.E. Ribbon was born. Jamie McMillan and Pat Williams say there is an iconic symbol behind the red and white polka dot ribbon used in the Workplace Equality (W.E.) Awareness campaign: Rosie the Riveter. The “We Can Do It” poster used during the Second World War featured Rosie, who represented women in factories […]

Jamie McMillan Discovers Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Unionized Skilled Trades

Jamie McMillan Discovers Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Unionized Skilled Trades Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Unionized Skilled Trades

Jamie McMillan is a journeyman ironworker with Local 736 in Hamilton and a boilermaker with Local 146 in Edmonton. She is also founder of Journeyman, It’s a Status, Not a Gender and co-founder of Workplace Equality Awareness Ribbon. McMillan went to school in the early 90s during what she calls the IT era; a time […]

Life Goal: Get a KickAss Career

Life Goal: Get a KickAss Career life-goals-get-a-kickass-career

Heading into work Monday morning doesn’t put ironworker, Jamie McMillan, in a funk. Maybe it’s because her work site is constantly changing, providing her with exciting new challenges. Perhaps it’s because she thrives as a strong woman in a male-dominated field. Or maybe it’s simply because she sincerely loves her job. A graduate of Ontario’s […]

Girls’ Eyes Opened to New Career Set

Girls’ Eyes Opened to New Career Set Girls-Eyes-Opened-to-New-Career-Set

While most middle school girls might not have heard the term “skilled trade” before, they know what it means to work with their hands. In Obsidian Middle School’s gym earlier this month, seventh- and eighth-grade girls listened to a pair of tradeswomen explain why girls shouldn’t be afraid of STEM — science, technology, engineering and […]

Female Ironworker To Steel Young Minds

Female Ironworker To Steel Young Minds female-ironworker-to-steel-young-minds

The Foundation for Education, Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) and the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board (HPCDSB) are joining forces with the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) to inspire young women in Huron and Perth counties to consider a career in the skilled trades. The Young Women In Skilled Trades event, to be […]

Avon Maitland Female Students Learn About Skilled Trades

Avon Maitland Female Students Learn About Skilled Trades Avon-Maitland-Female-Students-Learn-About-Skilled-Trades

Over 200 young women in Grades 9 to 12 in Huron and Perth counties were presented with a career option most of them had not considered. A skilled trades event in Stratford Wednesday was hosted by the Avon Maitland and Huron-Perth Catholic School Boards and their community partners. The guest speaker was Jamie McMillan, the […]

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