This collection documents the work of Ronnie Sandler, an activist in the tradeswomen’s movement. Much of Sandler’s work focused
on expanding women’s access to fields where they had not traditionally been employed, such as building trades and transportation.
The bulk of the collection focuses on Sandler’s efforts to organize with tradeswomen’s organizations to access funds from
the Intermodal Surface Transportation and Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991, in order to train women for nontraditional jobs.
The collection contains organizational papers and correspondence related to these organizing efforts, as well as numerous
manuals and reports related to women’s employment.
Ronnie Sandler grew up in northern New England and earned a BA in psychology and education from Franconia College in New Hampshire
in 1971. In 1972 Sandler began her career as a carpenter in New Hampshire, and would later go on to become a union activist
in her chosen profession. In 1976 she became the first woman to join a trades union in Michigan when she became a member of
the Detroit local of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. While in Michigan Sandler started a program
called STEP-UP for Women, to prepare women for successful entrance into apprenticeship programs. In 1985 she created another
iteration of this program in Vermont with funding from the Vermont Department of Education.
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