Issues Impacting Women in the Skilled Trades


Alicia Sullivan, EDI Coordinator, Centre for Equity and Inclusion; Mary Grey, Moderator; Dove Smith, Panelist; Carly Myers, Panelist; Shannon Fair, Panelist.



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With Canada’s looming shortage of skilled trades workers, Ontario is focusing on encouraging women/womxn to enter trades careers. However, as workplace culture in all industries moves towards equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, progress seems to be at a standstill in the skilled trades.

The goal of this webinar is to offer support to women/womxn embarking on careers in the skilled trades, talk about equity issues related to gender, class, race, and ability. We will also examine what happens behind closed workplace doors, share positive experiences, and talk about how to cope with some of the various aspects of the jobs. Panelists will discuss their own experiences of sexism, ableism, racism, classism.

* “Womxn” is an alternative spelling to “woman/women” and is used by some people to be more inclusive of diverse gender identities.

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skilled trades, trades, gender, woman, women, womxn, workplace culture, equity, inclusion, diversity, discrimination, sexism


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Issues Impacting Women in the Skilled Trades