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This collection documents the contributions and achievements of Madeline Mixer, a former director of Region IX of the United States Department of Labor, Women's Bureau in regards to creating equal employment opportunities, training, and education for women working in trades' professions. Materials include: documents regarding California construction projects such as the Cypress Replacement Project and Oakland Federal Project, papers, reports, newsletters, and statistics related to the United States Department of Labor, Women's Bureau, meeting minutes and agendas, clippings, newsletters, reports, and statistics regarding apprenticeship, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and women in the workforce. Also included are articles, newsletters, magazines, and other documents related to tradeswomen organizations such as Tradeswomen Inc., Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER), and Sacramento Tradeswomen, as well as career resources such as listings, flyers, and brochures for job opportunities, conferences, workshops, seminars, and materials related to apprenticeship, vocational, and mentorship programs for women in the trades. For digitized material related to all tradeswomen archives collections please consult the Tradeswomen Archives Project .
Madeline Mixer has been an advocate for women employed in trades' careers since the early 1970s, through her dedication and support of organizations and opportunities for tradeswomen. As a former director for the U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau Region IX (San Francisco), Mixer worked to increase opportunities for women in the workforce, and to promote non-traditional and skilled trades work for women. During her time at the Women's Bureau, Mixer worked to increase goals for women when it came to federal and state apprenticeship standards through the implementation of training and education programs. In 1979, Mixer co-founded Tradeswomen, Inc., which was one of California's first organizations for women in the trades. In 1989, Tradeswomen Inc. created a quarterly magazine entitled, Tradeswomen Magazine that includes articles with topics such as networking, safety, affirmative action, and employment discrimination. Mixer was also involved in the publishing of Pride and a Paycheck, a tradeswomen support newsletter and guide to blue collar jobs that has content created and written by women in the trades.
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