Hard-Hatted Women: Stories of Struggle and Success in the Trades

Molly Martin, Editor Seal Press (CA) $12.95 (265p) ISBN 978-0-931188-66-4
From welder to machinist, carpenter to cop, the exemplary women whose voices resound throughout this inspiring anthology span ages, cultures, lifestyles and educational backgrounds as varied as the tools of their respective trades. Yet all are pioneers: females employed as skilled laborers in almost exclusively male fields. With integrity, spirit, touches of humor and much wisdom, they reveal their trials, triumphs, fears and dreams. On the downside is the double-edged sword of being both a woman and an apprentice, overt sexual harassment and quieter managerial discrimination. But also evident is the wonder of and pride in unique achievements. Two common themes emerge as particularly encouraging: the women truly love their work and emphasize camaraderie (not competition) among tradeswomen, solidified by the networking groups in which most are active participants. Cheers to Martin, electrician and tradeswomen organizer, for structuring a forum as literate and enjoyable as it is relevant. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
Genre: Nonfiction
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