Each year, Back Fence PDX is proud to partner with different community non-profit organizations to put on storytelling events that increase awareness and aid for the orgs, in addition to creating entertaining evenings. Last September, we collaborated with Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. to mount a fundraiser storytelling show as a part of their annual Tradeswomen Leadership Institute fundraiser efforts!
Five fantastic tradeswomen from the Portland area braved the stage at Disjecta to share their own, true stories from on the job. Tradeswomen’s stories are often invisible in discussions about construction and workplace equity. These women face incredible adversity and break significant barriers to get and retain jobs that have, historically, only been accessible to white men. By spotlighting their voices, we created an incredibly powerful evening full of laughter, some tears, and a lot of support. Watch videos from the event below!