Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about women in the trades. Women account for a small fraction of the workforce in fields like construction, plumbing, and, yes, boatbuilding. There are many reasons why - historical precedent, lack of exposure at an early age, social norms that dictate what kinds of careers people choose and who gets hired, to name a few.
But there are some organizations working to counteract that. Girls Build is a nonprofit organization founded in 2016 that teaches girls the basics of carpentry, plumbing, electricity, and other skilled trades. Their all-female team of instructors run a series of weeklong camps in Oregon and Washington in which they teach around 40 girls different kinds of building and making skills. ‘“If you want to help women get into the trades at an earlier age and start taking advantage of being in a career that they love—and working in a living-wage career—then you need to start engaging them at a younger age,’ said Katie Hughes, founder and executive director of Girls Build.” You can read more about them here or check out their website here.