Pride and a Paycheck is a free four or five times a year publication in newsletter/journal format reaching out to tradeswomen, friends, organizations and supporters. In addition, community and government employment agencies, training programs, schools and apprenticeship programs can all benefit from subscriptions to Pride and a Paycheck. Prior year issues are in the Newsletter part of this site (page 2).
Pride includes resources, announcements, safety tips, photos, stories, art and poetry by the tradeswomen themselves as well as advice from advocates who have been working hard to recruit women into these high paid, great benefits careers. Construction workers, railroad engineers and shop craft workers, skilled manufacturing jobs, truck drivers and many other trades formerly considered for “men only” are featured in Pride and a Paycheck. Photographs of females performing the functions of these lucrative careers give inspiration and confidence to those women who are “thinking” about entering the blue collar skilled and semi-skilled trades.
For free email subscriptions just send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Start receiving support information and words of advice from tradeswomen who have been working in these jobs for many years. Read articles about their victories over discrimination as well as the barriers that these brave women (many times the "firsts" in a job traditionally held by men) must overcome. Yet they not only overcome these obstacles, they succeed and subsequently travel into their retirement years with promotions, great benefits and proud memories, making friends with the "good guys" on their way! Although these kinds of careers have been called “non-traditional”, these strong, proud women make it known that they are starting a NEW TRADITION! (Term coined by Boston Electrician/Poet Susan Eisenberg.)
Fifteen years ago Pride and a Paycheck began as a local San Francisco Bay Area publication, but it has since blossomed into a range of articles, poetry, art and stories of tradeswomen’s “adventures” from the entire country and beyond. Pride and a Paycheck is edited by Sue Doro (retired Machinist), author of “Blue Collar Goodbyes”, Heart Home and Hard Hats; and “Sugar String” with support from Madeline Mixer, (retired Region Nine Director, U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau).
ALSO SEE "LINKS" PAGE FOR MORE RESOURCES AND "CLICK HERE" REFERENCES. PAGES 3 AND 4 ARE UPDATED REGULARLY......
Pride and a Paycheck has discontined the single copy mailings. ONLY BUNDLES OF 5 COPIES EACH WILL BE SENT TO SCHOOLS, TRAINING PROGRAMS AND APPRENTIECSHIPS AND NON PROFITS THAT WORK WITH WOMEN TO RECRUIT INTO THE BLUE COLLAR TRADES. WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR DONATIONS FOR FUTURE ISSUES. THERE WILL BE FOUR ISSUES PER YEAR STARTING IN 2013.
Editorial by Sue Doro, Pride and a Paycheck: This is interesting. I’ve been meaning to write something about the TV house repair etc shows actually having tradeswomen doing some of the work. I’m a fan of these shows because I like the way they depict ordinary people fixing up their homes etc. But I’ve been noticing more and more female presence and it’s not just a woman holding a flashlight for a male worker. Of course it’s inconsistent from show to show but on the whole, I like what I see. It’s as if what we tradeswomen have been trying to do for the last 40 years…get the American public’s thinking that “Of course…women can do these kinds of jobs too!” Americans love their TVs…and for good or not…we trust that what comes out of the screen is factual.
Which leads me to a neat thing…Pride and a Paycheck ‘s website is now a link on Mike Rowe's website. Although his "Dirty Jobs" TV show is no more,he still has his own own website mikeroweWORKS. (See the click thing at the top of this article.) The site has a women in the trades page! You can type in http://www.mikeroweworks.com/job-site/women-in-the-trades/ Mike is concentrating on letting the powers that be know that blue collar jobs are the mainstay of the country. His website will be growing. It's a good one to know about.
So thanks to Shari Lobdell from Mike's website staff who got to Pride and a Paycheck’s site by typing in "Tradeswomen"…then finding Tradeswomen, Inc who had our site as a link!!! And..Thank you Meg Vassey , Ex. Dir. of Tradeswomen Inc. for putting Pride on their site as a link.
The times…they are a changing! And before some of you get upset with me for not mentioning that our numbers are not great enough on construction sites and other blue collar work areas: railroads, mines, docs, highways, etc. I know it, believe me. But let’s celebrate the fact that public awareness is moving in the right direction and when that happens … get out of our way!