Lauren Sugerman
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Sugerman began her career in 1980, working as an elevator mechanic helper for Westinghouse Elevator Company. She worked in construction, repair and maintenance of escalators and elevators throughout the Chicagoland area as a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 2.

One of the co-founders of Chicago Women in Trades ( CWIT ) in 1981, she became the organization’s first full time director in 1986. Since its inception CWIT has been helping girls and women gain awareness of, access and build careers in male-dominated fields of construction and manufacturing. CWIT’s services and programs range from preparatory training for trade and technical careers, outreach and education to expand women’s and girls occupational choices, job counseling and referrals, technical assistance for employers, unions and public agencies to promote equitable training, hiring and retention policies for women in the trades and public policy advocacy to eliminate the barriers that keep women out of high-wage, high-skill jobs. Many lesbians have been helped by the group's work.


  Video Interview Date: 2007-12-13 Interviewer: Tracy Baim





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