Meet and Greet with Indian Tradeswomen
Visit with the Indian Delegation to WBN! Join us for appetizers and refreshments, discussion and a presentation! *This event will take the place of our regular 2nd Wednesday Meetup at Mokabe's for October*
India has the highest percentage of women in construction – 40% – come meet two Indians who are helping make that happen!In January, local tradeswoman Beth Barton joined 14 others from the US to travel to India and meet with tradeswomen and advocates. Now two amazing Indian women are here to share their experiences, and will attend the Women Building Nations Conference in Chicago October 13-15. Please join us as we hear from them about what they are doing!
Wednesday, October 11
4 PM - 5:30 PM - Networking time, refreshments
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Presentation
6:30 - 7 PM - Questions, scholarship presentations
Sheet Metal Workers Grand Hall, Local 36
2319 Chouteau Ave #100, St. Louis, MO 63103
PLEASE RSVP call or text (636) 926-6948 or follow this link to our Eventbrite page!
This will be our conference kick off event! The next day MOWIT board members, India delegation members, and area tradeswomen will leave for Chicago. Please join us for this exciting event.
Sisters in the Brotherhood of Carpenters STL/KC
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36
October 23, 2017 Worker's Comp Speaker Series
Please join us to learn about your rights in the event of a workplace injury!
We will be meeting at Hammond and Shinners on Monday, Oct. 23 from 4:30 - 6 PM to hear from Principal Lawyer Ann G. Dalton, Principal about what to do if you get injured on the job. Know your rights! Free to all, refreshments provided, please RSVP to (636) 926-6948
Monday, Oct. 23
4:30 - 6
13205 Manchester Road, Suite 210, St. Louis, Missouri 63131
MOWIT providing scholarships to Women Building Nations Conference
The world's largest tradeswomen conference is set again for Chicago, October 13 - 15. Registration is now open!
WOMEN BUILD NATIONS is for women of all ages and all skill levels who work, or aspire to work, in the construction trades. Whether you are a pre-apprentice or a seasoned journeyperson, this conference provides a unique opportunity to learn from and connect with tradeswomen from around the country and the world.
WOMEN BUILD NATIONS speaks to every tradeswoman’s needs, offering workshops and plenary sessions facilitated by tradeswomen and featuring union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors and elected officials. Workshop tracks include, but are not limited to, Recruitment & Retention; Leadership Development; Policy/Politics and Beyond the Tools.
MOWIT is providing a block of shared rooms and registration for up to 12 area tradeswomen, and CLUW is providing an additional 5 registration fees!
You can apply for these scholarships by sending a brief essay on why you want to go to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, August 6th. We will be reviewing these applications and begin selection of recipients August 7th! For more information please call us at (636) 926-6948.
Here is a link to the Conference home page.
St. Louis Women's Foundation Second Grant Funds Additional Skills Program!!
Missouri Women In Trades is proud to be a recipient of a second grant from the Women's Foundation! This $ 5,000.00 grant will fund additional Survival Skills programs. This program will provide early apprentice tradeswomen with additional skills and support to help bolster their early career in the trades. Apprentices will receive this training from Journeylevel Tradeswomen guided by MOWIT. This training is aimed at helping apprentices at a crucial time in their career when they know the least and need help the most.
Meet With Other Tradeswomen!
Every month, a MOWIT group of tradeswomen gather in St. Louis on the second Wednesday.
All tradeswomen, and all women who are interested in getting a job working in construction, please join us at :
MoKaBe's Coffeehouse at
3606 Arsenal St.
St. Louis, MO 63116
Upcoming meetings, all Wednesdays:
* October 11* No regular meeting, Meet and Greet event Indian Delegation
Girl Scout Woodworker Badge a Success
Feburary Event brought together 25 Scouts, 11 volunteers for fun day of building and learning. Photos courtesy of MOWIT
Area Girl Scouts (Cadette Level) joined up with MOWIT volunteers at the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program in Affton for a one-day workshop to earn a Woodworker Badge. The Scouts worked with volunteers to build a plant stand to take home (seen in pictures above), and also practiced hammering, using a screw gun, level, and hand saw.
The Scouts enjoyed the day, and many requested more workshops. MOWIT volunteers enjoyed getting together for the cause.
Thank you to our sponsors for this event!
Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program
Board President receives Workforce Development Award
Beth Barton was honored by industry partners at the St. Louis Construction Forum's Second Annual “Building Tomorrow Awards” . She was recognized during an awards luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel on Oct. 21. The awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions in the core areas which the Forum was founded to address: Diversity, Workforce Development, Regional Unity and Working Relationships. The event is a fundraiser for the Construction Forum Education Foundation (CFEF), which has a dual mission of K-12 STEM education directed at careers in construction and action-focused construction industry research. Barton was awarded the "Workforce Development Award" for her volunteer work through MOWIT and the Carpenter's Women group Sisters in the Brotherhood.
Barton was interviewed and taped for the award talking about why construction was wonderfully good, and terribly hard for her. She said about a career in construction, "Everything got better for me, but I barely made it. I never would have survived without the support of other tradeswomen mentoring me"
Watch the brief video made of Beth here:
Beth Barton Workforce Development Award Video
Please click the link below for more information about the awards and the other recipients. Award Link
Construction Forum STL was created to be a “room without walls” where the entire industry could participate in building relationships and working on issues large and small. They create a space where the construction community comes together to network, discuss ideas, and share information we are all better for it. The Forum intends to make full use of social media, public networking events, and its website to enable those objectives. The website homepage is: www.constructforstl.org/
Can't make WBN? Check out the AFLCIO Diversity Con 10/21
FREE Event, LUNCH INCLUDED, must register!!
The Diversity and Inclusion Conference is designed to uplift the collective voices of the Rising American electorate in the labor movement by providing engaging experiences ahead of the 28th Constitutional Convention.
This event is open to all workers, and is set for the day before the 2017 Constitutional Convention. It will function to select newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and activists. The overall approach would be to amplify the ways in which we must strengthen and grow the movement of working people. There will be a mix of teaching, learning, exchanges, and inspiration to ensure attendees leave the Conference armed with an understanding of what it means to build the labor movement. This year’s conference takes place October 21 – October 22, 2017.
This event is open to ALL workers!! If you are not a member of the AFLCIO, please register as a guest of MOWIT!! This is a great way to unite behind workers' rights! See you there!
Register Here: http://bit.ly/AFLCIO2017-allofus
We marched at PRIDE again!
MOWIT actively promoted and supported PRIDE by hosting a booth all weekend at PRIDEFEST and marching in the Sunday parade celebrations!!
At our booth, we provided lots of information:
We will also be marched in the downtown parade on Sunday, June 25. Last year, over 250,000 people attended the parade. This year, registration is breaking records again. We are proud to have participated.
NAWIC / MOWIT Ice Cream Social for WIC Week
City of St. Louis Proclaims Women In Construction Week (WIC) , 5 receive assistance
St. Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers Benefit for MOWIT
We are so excited to be the recipient of the St. Louis Ladies' Arm Wrestling Feburary 18 Bout! Thank you so much SLAW!! This is a fun, rowdy, and charitable group of women who dress up in costume and arm wrestle each other to entertain and raise money. This event was held at the Heavy Anchor and raised $1,830.00! All funds will go to the MOWIT Pride Parade Fund and the Women Building Nations 2017 Conference fund.
Read all about this fantastic group in NPR's article here.
First Speaker Series a Success, Oct. 2016
We had a wonderful event learning about Worker's Comp. and workers rights at the Clayton Public Library! Thank you so much attorney Clare Burley speaking with us tonight! If you have questions about Worker's Comp., give us a call! Thanks to the board of MOWIT for organizing this event!
New Logos for MOWIT
We have two great new logos, thanks to
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