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"The Sisters in the Brotherhood" Mentors Women in Carpentry

Though the country has become significantly more progressive over the past few years, fluently integrating different races, ethnicities and genders into various institutions and organizations, there are always ways we can better ourselves. Today, there’s a great emphasis on promoting women leadership in various male-dominated industries, particularly carpentry. Leading the charge is “The Sisters in the Brotherhood” program.

John Ballantyne is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters; now, he’s speaking on a segment of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato about The Sisters in the Brotherhood. In particular, he explains their effort to promote leadership, strength, and unity for women in a male-dominated industry.

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Ballantyne is, of course, a carpenter, a profession significantly dominated by males. Today, he helps women and minorities – groups who historically don’t have the same opportunities as males – get into the profession.

“Certainly this is a non-traditional employment opportunity that women normally do not take an opportunity to get involved in,” Ballantyne told Adubato, speaking of construction. “I think a lot of that’s because they don’t know how to. But the women who have come into [construction] are pioneers and recognize that [they need] to make sure that other women come in and they understand the values of being a union carpenter and the training and the benefits of that and how important that is.”

Ballantyne goes on to describe the influence of The Sisters in the Brotherhood mentor program, explaining just how supportive and beneficial it has been for women trying to break into this male-dominated profession.

To learn more about the program, check out this edition of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.

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