Of all the things that are wrong in Jennifer Collins’ life, one thing is absolutely right, she loves her job.
In my new novel, A Few Kinds of Wrong, Jennifer is a mechanic. It’s something that makes her stand out, because, unfortunately, female mechanics are pretty rare. Although the book isn’t trying to make any political statements, and Jennifer’s job is not the main focus of the novel, by making Jennifer a mechanic I’ve called some attention to how unusual it is to find women in some fields and gotten some responses back from both women and men who appreciate seeing a book about a woman in a non-traditional job.
That made me think that I’d like to use the book, and Jennifer’s occupation, to bring some more attention to how women’s work should be more about the jobs that women choose than just about the jobs that are traditionally defined as female.
So, I’m having a contest to celebrate women in non-traditional work and I want to hear from you!
Tell us about a woman in a non-traditional job. Could be you’re an engineer, your nan was a factory-worker in the war, your mom is a fisher-person, your wife is a mechanic, your friend is a truck-driver, any example of women working in work that is usually male dominated. Doesn’t have to be about you, nor does it have to be long (but I sure would like them longer than shorter).
FYI, the US Department of Labor, says that “A nontraditional occupation for women is one in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employment” and they have a pretty extensive list of such occupations. http://www.dol.gov/wb/factsheets/nontra2008.htm (but you’re not restricted to the jobs on this list, if you want to tell of a woman who is in a field that you think is “male-dominated”, that’s enough for me).
Submitting your story is easy. Just add your comment to this post or, if you’d prefer, you can email your story to email@example.com and I will post it here on the blog. Feel free to send photos or submit your story via a youtube video. (Please note that comments are moderated so, unless you’ve posted before on this blog, you won’t see your comment right away. ) Each story will receive an entry into the contest.
Your email address will not be posted and will not be used except in the case you’re a winner and I need to contact you to get your address. But your story/video/photo will be posted on this blog.
There will be three separate prizes, each being two autographed books–one of A Few Kinds of Wrong and also my first novel, this much is true. The contest ends at midnight on November 25th (extended to midnight on November 30th) and is open to anyone, anywhere.
I’m hoping the extra prize will be hearing more about women doing a few kinds of work and showing examples of women redefining the phrase “a woman’s work”.