Women and workboats

On Monday, April 18 at noon, I am hosting a roundtable discussion for women who work on the water. This informal lunch gathering, which I am co-hosting with Pam Glass, WorkBoat’s Washington correspondent, will take place in Annapolis, Md.

Pam and I are interested in connecting with women in the workboat industry from hawsepipers, tug and towboat captains and maritime academy grads to Coast Guard and law enforcement officers.

The discussion will focus on opportunities and challenges that women face in a maritime workplace. A recent Wall Street Journal report shows that while women are entering the workforce at the same rate as men, the men are at least twice as likely to advance. How does this translate in a traditionally male-dominated industry? We would like to hear straight from the source, women who earn a living or have worked on the water. So female mariners, please join us on April 18 for this informal event. 

We are also interested in hearing from men on the challenges they face when a woman joins the crew. Perhaps you have been in a situation in which you felt that having a female made for an awkward dynamic on a boat, or not. Let us hear your side of the story….

For more info on participating in the dialogue, send me an email at kathy@kbsmithphoto.com. Even if you can’t make it to Annapolis on Monday, we would like to hear from you.

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Kathy Bergren Smith

Kathy Bergren Smith has been a correspondent with WorkBoat since 2002. She is also a writer and photographer for the Port of Baltimore Magazine covering shipping and port activities. Smith, also a noted commercial and fine art photographer, resides in Annapolis, Md.

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