Barton Going on First U.S. Tradeswomen Delegation to India

By on December 6, 2016

From Labor Tribune:  A job in construction helped Beth Barton to leave an abusive relationship, care for her infant son and rise out of poverty.

Now Barton is joining a delegation of American tradeswomen on a journey to India to help fight for the rights of women in the construction workforce both there and in the U.S.

In the United States, women make up only three percent of the construction industry. But in India, women make up 40 percent of construction workers, often doing the dirtiest, lowest-paying work. Women can be seen wearing colorful saris carrying baskets of building materials on their heads at major building projects.

Barton, president of Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT), believes women construction workers in both countries can learn from and support each other in the fight for gender equity. Barton, a member of Carpenters Local 1596, is a superintendent at Tarlton Corporation.

“Construction has been a wonderful opportunity that has enriched every part of my life, but it has also been one of the biggest challenges of my life to succeed in the trades,” Barton said. “Women around the world have the right to good-paying and stable jobs in construction, and I want to support them in making that happen.”

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