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Winter 2017


Women in building trades -- Oregon -- History, Women carpenters -- Oregon -- Interviews, Women construction workers -- Oregon -- Interviews, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.


Liza Morehead interviews Connie Ashbrook and Nora Mullane.

Connie Ashbrook is the Executive Director and founder of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Previous to her years with OTI, she worked in the trades for seventeen years as a dump truck driver, carpenter apprentice, and elevator constructor. She was the first woman in Oregon to become licensed as an elevator mechanic.

Nora Mullane has been a union journey-person carpenter, general contractor, building inspector, and City of Portland Bureau of Developments Services supervisor. Nora says that successfully completing her carpenter’s apprenticeship program has served her well throughout her entire career, and life in general, giving her confidence in her abilities and her self.


Originally appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University

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