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Three Tips That Will Make Your Home Garden Bloom

A garden isn’t just a hobby: when done right, it can save you tons on produce costs and make your meals more sustainable. But when a lot of us start to plan our gardens, we can get...

Woman at Work: General Manager Sindy Reyes

What does a day in your work life look like? Shower, make up, dress up, hair appointment, nail salon...... Just kidding! It’s more like a cup of coffee in the morning spilling all over as I rush...

Woman at Work: Stained Glass Conservator Ariana Makau

Tell us about your company, Nzilani Glass Conservation. We specialize in architectural art glass (both preservation and new pieces), providing safe, museum-quality services for private residences, historic buildings, and museums. Nzilani leads our industry in safe practices...

Woman at Work: Electrical Apprentice Isis Harris

What made you start your career in the trades?I started in the construction trades determined to better the lives of my children. That decision has affected my life in extraordinary ways. Joining the union is what kept...

Woman at Work: Girls Garage Founder Emily Pilloton

What does a day in your work life look like?  What I love most about my work is the many different roles I get to play, and the many ways I get to be of service. I’m...

Woman at Work: Holland Reini

  “Women belong in the trades! There is so much space here for you, so please, come and take it!”  What does a day in your work life look like? I have a 6:30 A.M. start, which...

Woman at Work: Trail Cutter Hadley Johns

Pronouns: they/them Hadley Johns, Trail Worker, USDA Forest Service What does a day in your work life look like? It can look like a lot of things, depending on where I am or the task at hand! My...

Girls Build: Laying the Foundation for Future Tradeswomen

Co-founder Sara DeLuca shares her thoughts on building the future through clothes that inspire confidence and comfort for our next generation of working women.  For women, the lack of opportunity to learn how to make, build and...

Woman at Work: Truck Driver Allyson 'Cadillac' Hay

Pronouns: she/hers Tell us about your work. I am a truck driver for the Walmart Private Fleet as well as a mentor and a NATMI (North American Transportation Management Institute) Certified Driver Trainer. How long have you...

Woman at Work: She Built This City Founder Demi Knight Clark

Pronouns: She/Her Demi, we’re going to make you a virtual cocktail for this conversation. What will it be?  Old-school Manhattan. With a big fat cherry and orange slice. Tell us about your work. I’m the Founder &...

Women at Work: Timber Trailblazers

Michaela Harms (she/her) PFS TECO Building Products EngineerKristin Slavin (she/her) Kaiser + Path Project Architect Tell us about your work. MH: My days are always different, which I love. Some scenarios include working with our brilliant lab techs to...

Bird at Work: Cheryl, Dovetail Couture FPS*

Thanks for joining me today, Cheryl! No problem, just a 5-minute trip for me, as the crow flies! I’m sorry… I couldn’t resist. You don’t find many former carrier pigeons in the apparel industry. What brought you...

Woman at Work: Rae Ripple, Metal Artist

Tell us about your work.I’m a metal artist in Big Spring, TX. I do everything from painting onto metal to fabricating massive sculptures. What’s the first thing you ever made from metal? Somebody brought me a piece of...

Woman at Work: Farmer Tiffany Holbrook

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? OK, you know I just wanted to say that. Now let me ask a real question…Or maybe that is a real question to a chicken farmer? What do you...

Woman at Work: Pilot and Mechanic Cassidy Moore

Pronouns: she/herTell us about your work.  I am the chief mechanic of the Heritage Flight Museum—a flying warbird collection in Burlington, Washington. I maintain a fleet of 18 various warbirds from WW1 era to the Korea/ Vietnam...

Woman at Work: Hope Renovations Founder Nora Spencer

Tell us about Hope Renovations. Hope Renovations’s mission is to inspire hope in women and older adults for a joyful and fulfilling future. We build futures and transform lives by empowering women into living wage jobs in the...


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