Pride and a Paycheck July/August 2013 – “The Mason”
Pride and a Paycheck is a newsletter for tradeswomen by tradeswomen. In addition to articles each edition also has information about training, employment, apprenticeships and more.
By Stella Cheng
In, 1989, after 10 years as a bricklayer in the Bay Area/San Francisco, I won a fellowship from my union to learn traditional masonry techniques used on the restoration of the Reims Cathedral, in the Champagne region of France. Once there, I found an old typewriter and wrote down my first impressions, hence lost over the decades. But the memories remain. I lived in the heart of a guild with 59 young men aged from 15 years old to 24. I’m not still sure who was more in a state of shock, them or me. When my union contacted them, somewhere across the ocean, someone forgot to mention that I was a woman. It made for great drama, funny scenes and memories to last a lifetime. Women were officially admitted into the guild in 2002 (but still live apart)> At the time, guild members were strongly encourage to cut all ties with women until they attained mastery. If a liaison was suspected, they often got sent to the other side of the country.
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