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Boston Local 103 Hosts First-Ever Trade Conference for Girls

Boston Local 103 hosted a first-of-its-kind conference to encourage girls to enter the trades. Among the attendees were students from Minuteman High School: Lola Clemente, left, Erica Grandon, Aibhlinn Moore, Lindsey Kelly, Haley Rice, Hannah English, Midalia Ramos, Kendra Hennigan and Kaylah Bennett. Photo credit: Neeva Coovert, Minuteman student photographer

Over 400 girls converged on Boston Local 103’s headquarters recently for a first-of-its-kind opportunity to learn about the building trades, and how to get a job in one.

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Girls in Trade Advisory Group, involved 18 area high schools, local businesses and nearly 20 labor unions representing all the building trades, including Local 103 and Springfield, Mass., Local 7.

The March 30 conference was spearheaded by Minuteman High School and Wynn Everett, a hotel and resort chain, as part of an effort to create a pipeline to encourage young women to join the trades.

“Too many women have been frozen out [of the trades],” said Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades. “You should feel comfortable in a union hall or at a job site. Massachusetts Girls in Trade shows that many young women are interested in rewarding, high-wage careers in the trades.”

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