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Society: Poonam Mistry and Industry Representatives

society: The percentage of B.C. women working in trades increased slightly to 4.4 per cent in 2015 from 3 per cent in 2001, according to Toronto Star. BC Tradeswomen Society Women are discriminated against in every sector of the trades, Langevin said. Society president Lisa Langevin said diversity hiring policies derided as old fashioned by industry representatives have been successful in Newfoundland and Labrador in increasing the number of women in skilled trades. Poonam Mistry said she and her colleagues are underemployed and hungry for opportunities. react-text 135 The BC Tradeswomen Society is demanding a quota on tradeswomen for publicly funded projects. /react-text Article Continued Below She grew up playing with wires and fixing things in the house with her carpenter dad. Starting in May, I just stopped sending out resumes because I was like, What is the point It's just not getting anywhere,' Mistry said. However, Mistry is currently working as a scaffolding labourer because she hasn't been able to find work as an electrician apprentice since she was laid off from her trades union in September. ( As reported in the news.