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Maidin Iron

Ana Padilla

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ISBN 10: 1468566946 / ISBN 13: 9781468566949
Published by AuthorHouse, 2012
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Title: Maidin Iron

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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"Maidin Iron" is the true story of the first woman to work as a union ironworker in New Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s. Ana Padilla tells of her struggle and ultimate success in breaking into this male-dominated trade, confronting union bosses, supervisors, and coworkers. Many thought that a woman couldn't handle the tough and dangerous job of being an ironworker, welding and bolting steel frames of multistory buildings. One false step could lead to sudden death. This scrappy young woman used humor, courage, good manners, and a strong work ethic to make her case that she could do everything just as well as her male coworkers. Although small of stature, she proved herself over and over again, on one job site after another, hauling equipment and working many stories in the air on steel girders, expecting no special treatment while facing harsh weather and dangers. Padilla conveys her Hispanic roots in New Mexico and the sense of a place and time when people held onto views of women that now seem outdated and sexist. She does this without bitterness. The reader meets other men and women-Hispanic, Anglo, Native American, and African American, many from New Mexico, some from elsewhere-who rolled up their sleeves, faced the challenges at each work site, and got the job done. We get a vivid feel for their personalities and of what it was like to work with them. We learn about the ironworkers' trade and also of how Padilla reinvented herself after a first marriage that was less than happy, found the man of her dreams, married him, and built a life with him that has lasted to this day. This is an inspiring tale that conveys the value of time-tested virtues of hard work, courage, and persistence in the face of adversity.

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Ms. Padilla was born and raised in the Old Town section of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was brought up in a Spanish Catholic environment. She is the second oldest in a family of nine siblings. In 1976 when the construction industry was predominantly male, she entered into one of the most dangerous trades: The Internatioanal Brotherhood of Ironworkers. Nothing in her sheltered world had prepared her for the physical and mental challanges she would face. She shares her journey with you from inception to tragedy when a routine walk across the iron results in a near fatal fall, forcing her to leave the trade. The story of Ms. Padilla's journey as a female ironworker had been simmering in her subconscious until one day she acknowledged that this was a story that needed telling.

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