Hammer & Nail

By Kate Braid

Hammer & Nail
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In 1977, Kate Braid began work as one of the first women to stumble (literally) into construction. Since then, feminism, the MeToo movement, pay equity legislation and other efforts have led to more women in a wider variety of careers. Yet, the number of women in blue-collar ... Read more


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In 1977, Kate Braid began work as one of the first women to stumble (literally) into construction. Since then, feminism, the MeToo movement, pay equity legislation and other efforts have led to more women in a wider variety of careers. Yet, the number of women in blue-collar trades has barely shifted--from three percent to a mere four. In Journeywoman, Braid told a personal story of working almost exclusively with all-male construction crews. In Hammer & Nail: Notes of a Journeywoman, Braid returns to the trades with courage, compassion, and humour. Connecting her lifetime of experiences as a construction worker, as well as an educator and writer, Braid reflects on the culture of labour and recalls the thrill of realizing her own skill and capabilities. Through stories, articles and speeches, Hammer & Nail sheds new light on our ideas of traditional gender roles--and how those ideas change in small but profound moments of gentleness, strength, humility and clarity on the job. Hammer & Nail is a thought-provoking collection of the highs and lows, the laughs, the heartaches and some of the lessons of Braid's journey.

Kate Braid

Kate Braid has written, co-written, edited and co-edited fifteen books of non-fiction and prize-winning poetry that have been translated into Japanese, Spanish and French. Her most recent poetry books are ELEMENTAL, about the five elements including wood, and IN FINE FORM, the ground-breaking anthology of Canadian form poetry, co-edited with Sandy Shreve. After fifteen years as an apprentice, carpenter, contractor and construction instructor, and twelve years as a creative writing instructor, she now divides her time between Victoria and Pender Island, BC.

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