Hey everyone in the Construction industry; My name is Elham (Elly) Besharatpour. I am just two checks away from becoming a second period apprentice carpenter in the Union for Local #217 in Foster City. Womenstill face substantial barriers to entering the construction field (and only fill 3% of the Construction Trade percentile total across the Nation). I am now part of that 3% that in 30 years has not increased according to a report of ‘National Women’s Law Center.’ Some of us were made for Home Economics, but there are a few of us that were built for something more challenging in life.
I always admired the craft of Carpentry. As a sophomore in high school, I was reluctant to enrolling in a class where an ‘egg’ or ‘doll’ represented your child and preparing myself to become a housewife was just not my cup of tea. At Hayward High School, I was given an opportunity to be in a Woodshop Class. My first, certainly not the last, time ever being the only girl in the group. My instructor was very helpful, and surprisingly, so were my classmates. I fell in love with Carpentry and enjoyed perfecting my work. Twelve years after graduation and being in business management I knew I wanted something different. College was an easy repetition of high school and I needed to just get out into the world and get my hands in some dirt, literally.
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June 2015 Spotlight: Elly Besharatpour