*Please send me your sites and blogs so I can add them to this list!*


Pretty Plumbing Blog:

Asbestos Awareness! Check out this great information! and 

Pride and a Paycheck E-Magazine:

Lorrie Potvin’s Site! She is an Auto body technician tradeswoman, artist, teacher, and has a few books written!

Kate Braid, inspiring carpenter and writer:

Molly Martin’s blog that folks should regularly checkout/try to keep up with-

Rocketships blog by my pal Shannon Graham:

Women Building Trades:

North America’s Building Trade unions:

Tradeswomen Build Nations:

MOVE OVER BOB, resources nad inspiration for trades women:

Facebook Groups:

BC Trades Women Society:

Trade Women Chat:

Women In Construction Trades:

Womens’ labour History Reads:

Booklist For Women In The Building Trades:

Rules Of The Game, Women In The Masculine Industries, by Teagan Dowler

We’ll Call You If We Need You, by Susan Eisenberg

Hammer and Nail, Kate Braid

Journeywoman, Kate Braid

Sisters in the Brotherhoods by Jane Latour

Hard-Hatted Women ed., by Molly Martin

Blue Collar Women, by Mary Walshok

Working Construction, by Kris Paap 

A Mouthful of Rivets, by Nancy Wise

Race on the Line: Gender, Labor and Technology in the Bell System, 1880-1980, by Venus Green

Rocking the Boat ed., by Brigid O’Farrell

Union Women: Forging Feminism in the United Steelworkers, by Mary Margaret Fonow

The Other Women’s Movement, by Dorothy Sue Cobble

Women in the Mines, by Marat Moore

Marching Together: Women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, by Melinda Chateauvert

-Feminism in the Labor Movement, by Nancy Gabin

Underground Woman: My Four Year as a New York City Subway Conductor, by Marian Swerdlow

Radium Girls: Women and Industrial Health Reform, 1910-1935, by Claudia Clark

She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker, by Brigid O’Farrell

The Racketeer’s Progress, by Andrew Cohen

Barons of Labor, by Michael Kazin

The Electric City, by Harold Platt

The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis, by John Wasik

The Electrical Workers, by Ronald Schatz

-Manufacturing the Future: A History of Western Electric, by Stephen Adams

Labor’s Flaming Youth: Telephone Operators and Worker Militancy, 1878-1923, by Stephen Norwood

-Grace Palladino has two official histories: 1) Dreams of Dignity, Workers of Vision and 2) Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits

Eating Dirt:  Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe.  Charlotte Gill  (Greystone, 2011).

No One to Tell: Breaking my Silence on Life in the RCMP.  Janet Merlo (Breakwater, 2013).

Silenced: The Untold Story of the Fight for Equality in the RCMP. Bonnie Reilly Schmidt  (Caitlin, 2015).

    The Red Wall: a woman in the RCMP, by Jane Hall  (General Store Publishing, 2008).

High Heels ‘n’ Oil Rigs. Beverley Jones  (Caitlin Press, 1995).

The Fisher Queen: A deckhand’s tales of the BC Coast.  Sylvia Taylor  (Heritage House, 2012).

Harvest of Salmon: Adventures in Fishing the B.C. Coast.  Zoe Landale  (Hancock House, 1977).

On men’s resistance, and training programs for women:  

Men & Women And Tools: Bridging the Divide.  Marcia Braundy  (Fernwood, 2011).

If I Had a Hammer: Retraining that Really Works.  Margaret Hillyard Little  (UBC Press, 2005).

Non-Fiction (American):

The original, the classic book of writing about work, Working.  Studs Terkel  (Avon, 1972).

On trades: 

Alone in a Crowd:  Women in the Trades Tell Their Stories, Interviews by Jean Reith Schroedel  (Temple University Press, 1985).

    Boomer: Railroad Memoirs, by Linda Niemann.  (U. of California Press, 1990).

    Conversations:  Working Women talk about doing a “man’s job.”  Ed. Terry Wetherby  (Les Femmes, Millbrae, California, 1977).

    Fighting the Giant:  From the railyards of Tennessee all the way to the Supreme Court.  Sheila White (Los Gatos, California, 2007).

    Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter.  Nina MacLaughlin  (WW Norton, 2015).

    Livewire: Women and Brotherhood in the Electrical Industry.  Francine A. Moccio  (Temple University Press, 2009).

    Rust:  A Memoir of Steel and Grit.  Eliese Colette Goldbach (NY: Flatiron Books, 2020).

    Sisters in the Brotherhoods: Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City. Jane Latour  (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008).

    The Way Home: How a Naïve Single Mom Built her House in the Forest.  Terry Faubert  (Steller Books, Powell River, BC, 2019). 

    Torch in the Dark: One Woman’s Journey (on being a welder).  Hadiyah Joan Carlyle  (Book Publishers Network, 2012).  

    We’ll Call You if We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction.  Interviews by Susan Eisenberg  (ILR Press, an imprint of Cornell University Press, 1998).

    Hard-Hatted Women: Stories of Struggle and Success in the Trades.  Interviews by Molly Martin  (Seal, 1988).

Books by Men About Blue Collar Work:

A Hard Man to Beat:  The Story of Bill White: Labour Leader, Historian, Shipyard Worker, Raconteur.  An Oral History.  Howard White  (Pulp Press, Vancouver, BC, 1983).

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.  Robert Tressell.  (Monthly Review Press, NY & London, 1955).  Another classic, a novel about a group of painters and decorators and their families in working class England in 1906.

    Tools of the Trade:  The Art and Craft of Carpentry.  Rich Iwasaki  (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1996).

Also of Interest:

A Woman in the Polar Night.  Christiane Ritter  (Greystone Books, Vancouver, 2010.  Translated from the original German (Eine Frau Erlebt Die Polarnacht) in 1938.)

Atlin’s Anguish:  A True Story of Triumph and Tragedy.  Bush Pilot Theresa Bond and the Crash of Taku Air Flight 2653.  Brendan Lillis  (Caitlin Press, 2012).

    Becoming Wild:  Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island.  Nikki Van Schyndel  (Caitlin, 2014).

     Both Sides Now:  one man’s journey through womanhood.  Dhillon Khosla  (Jeremy P. Tarcher, Penguin USA, 2006).

Invisible Women: Women in Non-Traditional Occupations in B.C. A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts (Communication).   Simon Fraser University, 1979.

    Self-Made Man:  One Woman’s Journey into Manhood and Back Again.  Norah Vincent  (Viking Penguin, 2006.

Storm Clouds Over Party Shoes: Etiquette Problems for the Ill-Bred Woman.  Sheila Norgate  (Press Gang Publishers, Vancouver BC, 1997).

Train to Nowhere:  One Woman’s War.  Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator.  Anita Leslie  (Bloomsbury Caravel, UK, 2018.  First published by Hutchinson, UK, 1948.)

    Wild Fierce Life: Dangerous Moments on the Outer Coast.  Joanna Streetly  (Caitlin, 2018).


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