Indian tradeswomen advocates visit St. Louis, learn from local union leaders

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BRICKLAYERS LOCAL 1: Bricklayers Local 1 President Mike Fox (right) discusses the apprenticeship program at the training center with Vrishali Pispati.

Two tradeswomen advocates from India, a country that boasts highest percentage of women in construction worldwide, visited St. Louis last week for a whirlwind tour of the city and some of its union training centers.

Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT) and Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) of the St. Louis-Kansas City Regional Carpenters Council hosted the women while they were in St. Louis. After their visit, the two advocates drove to Chicago with St. Louis tradeswomen for the Women’s Build Nations Conference.

MoWIT President Beth Barton and SIB Coordinator Cindy Frank accompanied Thresiamma Mathew and Vrishali Pispati on their journey.

Matthew is the founder and director of the Archana Women’s Centre in Kottayam, which offers training and courses for women in the building trades, and Pispati is executive officer of Mumbai Mobile Crèches, which offers a range of services to children living on construction sites without schools or clinics or safe places to play.

The group visited Forest Park, the Missouri History Museum and the Cathedral Basilica. They also toured a Tarlton Corporation construction project at Washington University and the Bricklayers Local 1 and St. Louis Carpenters training centers in St. Louis.  

Check out more photos below! – SIB photos

FOREST PARK: Thresiamma Mathew (center) enjoys Forest Park with Beth Barton (left) Cindy Frank (right).

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM: Vrishali Pispati had a grand time at the Missouri History Museum.

CATHEDRAL BASILICA: Beth Barton and Cindy Frank (back row) visit the Cathedral Basilica with (front row, from left) Thresiamma Mathew and Vrishali Pispati.

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