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:
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/
Delegation from India to visit MOWIT pre-conference!
TWO tradeswomen leaders, and two tradeswomen come to USA on tour before attending WBN in October.
This January, MOWIT Board President Beth Barton was part of the first ever US Delegation of Tradeswomen to India for a three-week trip. The US Delegation has invited four women from India to visit the US as part of continuing the conversation of helping advance tradeswomen's rights across the country! The US delegation is providing room and board for these women.
These women will be in the St. Louis area October 10 - 12 and we are planning several events for them during their stay with us.
Save the date, Wednesday, October 12 for a special meet and greet with women from India! Location to be determined, light food and drinks provided!
The next day, October 12, MOWIT will be bringing the group to the conference in Chicago!
More info coming soon!
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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