Earlier this summer, girls 8-14 years old attended a one-week camp in Warrenton, Oregon, where they learned the basics of many trades from skilled female instructors. They were part of Girls Build, a traveling one-week summer camp that introduces young girls to construction in the hopes of shrinking the gender gap.
Katie Hughes, the founder of Girls Build, said the program was born in 2016 out of the concerns of women in the trades. Girls having fun with other girls their age, learning skills including carpentry, plumbing, electricity, concrete, and sheet metal is an excellent way to get women into the trades.
The Girls Build camp travels to several different communities each summer. A local company sponsored the camp in Warrenton, taking in students from around the county and women from the trades to teach them in rotating workshops.
SMACNA chapters and members interested in introducing young women into the construction industry should consider getting involved with similar programs. Learn more...