• BUD Celebrates Four Years of Success

    by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL Over 30 graduates of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, plus friends, union officials, and other program organizers and supporters of the program gathered at Carpenters Hall on Hampton...

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  • Women Are the Solution to the Construction Industry’s Labor Shortage

    From Curbed:  Megan Ross is an assistant superintendent for a large Maryland-based general contractor. Ross, a former architecture major, had realized she’d rather build structures than design them, and is now on construction sites every day, coordinating...

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  • “See Her Work”: Woman Entrepreneur Introduces Gear for Women in Trades

    by Beth Barton, “Carpenter Lady” Boy, let me tell you how much fun it is (not) to wear clothes and gear designed for the other sex.  As a carpenter in St. Louis for 15 years, I have...

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  • There’s a Shortage of Welders. Will More Women Fill the Gap?

    From The Atlantic:  On a rainy Saturday morning in May, Samantha Farr was standing in front of a steel table, drawing loops in the air with a welding gun. “You want to hear a nice sizzle—and you...

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  • Women at Work: Booming Construction Market Means More Opportunities in the Trades

    From The CAP Times:  Sandy Thistle never considered becoming a carpenter before two of her friends started pursuing careers in the skilled trades. “Lots of people, not just women, still don’t know of this as a serious...

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  • Women in Trades Celebrate Successes, Christen New Home

    It has been a busy and productive period recently for Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT). Leadership and members of the organization, which supports women in all construction trades, took time to recount its successes Wednesday night (May...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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  • County and City Bills Aim to Increase Minority- and Women-Owned Contracting

    From St. Louis Public Radio:  Developers seeking tax incentives from the city of St. Louis on public projects will soon need to show they’ve met thresholds for participation from minority- and female-owned contractors. The bill, passed by the St....

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  • Recruit and Retain Women in the Workforce

    From Construction Executive:  Gender diversity is an important topic in the U.S. workforce, especially in sectors known for being male dominated, such as architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C); facilities management; and real estate development. While organizations in...

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  • America’s Manliest Industries Are All Competing for Women

    From The Washington Post:  Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that has traditionally found...

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  • Trade Organizations Boost Female Workers’ Success in the Field

    From Procore:  Two advocacy organizations for women in construction—Chicago Women in Trades and the National Association of Women in Construction—say their work is far from done. According to a 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics Report, only 9.1% of construction...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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