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A Woman's Guide to Survival in the Building Trades Practical advice to women who plan to work in the trades — from one who took the leap y mother sure never trained me to be a carpenter, and I think it's safe to say that most women who have entered non-traditional trades were not prepared for the challenges and rewards of their chosen professions. This article is intended to share some of the hard-earned experience and knowledge of a few women in the construction field. Hip Power In overall body build, women tend to be smaller than men. Because of this disparity in size, it is not uncommon for a woman to be told that she is