MoWIT to host Indian tradeswomen at Women Build Nations conference

BUILDING BRIDGES: Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT) President Beth Barton (right) shares the work her group is doing to support women in trades with Labor leaders during a conference at the V.V. Giri Labour Institute as part of the first U.S. Delegation of Tradeswomen to India. The journey will continue in October when MoWIT hosts four Indian tradeswomen on a visit to St. Louis and the Women Build Nations conference in Chicago. – Noreen Buckley photo

Meet and greet with delegation scheduled for Oct. 11


In January, Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT) President Beth Barton was part of the first U.S. Delegation of Tradeswomen to India to build an international network of support.

The effort will continue in October when four Indian women – two tradeswomen and two supporters – travel to St. Louis to meet with union leaders, organizers and construction workers before heading to the Women Build Nations Conference in Chicago.

“We are so excited about this opportunity,” said Barton, a Tarlton superintendent and Carpenters Local 1596 member. “We are honored to host these women as part of continuing the conversation to advance tradeswomen’s’ rights.”

The group will arrive in St. Louis on Oct. 9. While here, they will:

• Tour the St. Louis area.

• Visit the apprenticeship and training centers of Bricklayers Local 1, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Trades Local 1 and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters District Council

• Visit a jobsite.

• Address the Carpenters District Council at its meeting.


On Wednesday, Oct. 11, there will be a meet and greet with the tradeswomen from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carpenters District Council Union Hall at 1401 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis. Food and beverages will be provided and all trades are invited. Please RSVP for the event by emailing


On Oct. 12, the Indian delegates will travel with several St. Louis-area tradeswomen to Chicago for the Women Build Nations conference, co-sponsored by the North American Building Trades Unions and Chicago Women in the Trades.

The conference, now in its seventh year, brings together women from multiple construction crafts to build leadership skills, learn strategies for overcoming challenges and unite around common issues.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit or call (312) 942-1444.

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