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Turning Left to the Ladies
by Kate Braid
In 1977 Kate Braid got her first job in construction as a labourer on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. Never in her wildest dreams did she plan to be a construction worker, much less a carpenter, but she was desperate to stay on the island and had run out of money, along with all the options a woman usually has for work -- secretary, waitress, receptionist ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Palimpsest Press
(first published June 15th 2008)
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Kate Braid's most recent book of poetry, Turning Left to the Ladies, published by Palimpset Press, is a personal account of being a woman working in the male-dominated construction trade. The poet has weathered the daily battery of sexism and prejudice from her co-workers, and built protective walls to hold her position. She endured the initiation of entering her profession, and her thorough knowledge of the work, tools and terminology earned her the credentials to write about being on the job, ...more