The Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI) collection contains correspondence, budgets, reports, clippings, newsletters, grant proposals,
conference and event materials, newsletters, papers of other trades organizations, videocassettes, and other materials relating
to OTI. The bulk of the materials within this collection focus on OTI's grant funded and community based projects, and events.
Materials related to the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant primarily focus on the Portland
Pathways to Success program and contain reports, surveys, committee meeting minutes, notes, proposals, and statistics. Materials
concerning OTI's annual Women in Trades Fair include documents regarding patrons and sponsors, advertising, programs and flyers,
committee meeting minutes and notes, and budgets. In addition, other materials within this collection pertain to topics regarding
training and education programs, career opportunities for women and girls, and educational and research material concerning
discrimination, apprenticeship, and other topics regarding women in the trades.
While attending a national conference for women in the building trades in 1989, elevator constructor Connie Ashbrook along
with three other tradeswomen- two carpenters, and an operating engineer, came up with the idea to form Oregon Tradeswomen
Network with the objective to assist, support, and provide advocacy for women who work in trades in areas such as mentorship,
education, and leadership. Incorporated in 1991, in its earliest days, Oregon Tradeswomen Network acted as a support group
that held monthly meeting for tradeswomen to gather and discuss their thoughts and issues. In 1996 founding member Connie
Ashbrook was named Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen Network. Under her direction, she started seeking out ways in
which Oregon Tradeswomen Network could create and promote opportunities for women in the trades. With the help of grants funded
by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Tradeswomen Network began developing more programs
and projects that expanded their focus from networking to include education, training, and employment opportunities in building
trades for girls and young women. In 1992, Oregon Tradeswomen Network formed The Women in Trades Fair- a one day event featuring
exhibits, activities, and workshops dedicated to women and girls. The purpose of the Women in Trades Fair is to increase diversity
and the overall number of women working in non-traditional career fields and educate them to the possibility of a future career
in trades. What started out as a one day event has now extended into a three day event with days dedicated to middle school
girls, high school girls, and women. In 2013, close to 2,000 women and girls attended or participated in the Women in Trades
16.7 Linear Feet
(43 boxes; 9 unprocessed boxes)
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