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Organizers: IWPR and National Taskforce on Tradeswomen’s Issues

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This workshop will discuss successful childcare strategies for mothers in the trades, as well as research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research on tradeswomen’s childcare needs and the importance of caregiving supports for advancement and retention in the trades.

Strategies include:

  • The Moore Community House Women in Construction program in Mississippi, a unique combination of construction/manufacturing job training for women and child care assistance
  • Boston area “Care That Works” formed by a coalition of grassroots community groups and labor unions to offer a non-standard-hour child care pilot
  • Oregon’s child care assistance fund for apprentices paid for from Federal Highway and local workforce board dollars.


  • Carol Burnett, Executive Director, Moore Community House, Mississippi
  • Ariane Hegewisch, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, DC
  • Latisa Kindred, Union Electrician and Electricity Teacher, Simeon Career Academy Department of Career and Technical Education
  • Allie Perez, Chair of the Tradeswomen Taskforce Communications Committee and VP of Marketing and Operations, George Plumbing Co., Inc.
  • Liz Skidmore, Business Representative / Organizer, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Jackie Whitt, LCSA Childcare Programs Lead, Labor’s Community Service Agency, Oregon

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