By Kai Beech

When it comes to her career, Maria Tsamasiros works with her brain and body.

“I feel like I’m Popeye, because I use my right hand a lot more than my left hand,” she said.

Tsamasiros has a bachelor’s degree in communications, a masters in sustainability and an MBA. Recently, she became a licensed master plumber.

“It’s really great to be a female in the trades in New York City or a person of color,” she said. “It feels like almost you’re invited into an exclusive club basically.”

Tsamasiros is one of a growing number of women across the country now working in trades.

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