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5 Perspectives on Women in the Skilled Trades

5 Perspectives on Women in the Skilled Trades 5 perspectives on women in the skilled trades

“Put me in a bigger machine and I’m stronger than the biggest guy in the room” Women in the skilled trades in northwestern Ontario are breaking rocks and breaking sterotypes. Girls in grades 10 to 12, who are enrolled in the trades and technology programs at the Lakehead Public, Thunder Bay District Catholic and the […]

Trades on Tour Opening Minds to the Possibilities

Trades on Tour Opening Minds to the Possibilities trades-on-tour

Whether it results in many making up their mind to pursue a skilled trades a career, the public school board’s Trades on Tour for Grade 8 students Tuesday achieved its goal of opening minds to at least the possibility. Grade 8 students looked into the future Tuesday when the public school board’s Trades on Tour […]

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 […]

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