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Women in Construction Conference in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The Tri-Cities is hosting the regional conference for the "National Association of Women in Construction."

45 ladies from all over the northwest are learning and networking at the Red Lion Inn in Kennewick.  They heard a presentation about the Vit Plant, one of the region's largest construction projects.  They also toured Hanford's B Reactor and a wind farm.

Women at the conference range from trades-workers to engineers to office staff, but say there are many misconceptions about women in construction:

Christina Hall, a mechanic for Lakeside Ins trusties says, "Everybody automatically assumes if I say I'm in construction that I'm a flagger or a truck driver and that's not the way it is anymore.  We're not just narrowed into a couple little slots."

Tamie Taylor, the Vice President of Construction Operations for Bering Straits Native Corporation, says, "People think we want to be treated differently.  I believe we want to be treated equally."

Jane Spriggs, Civil Engineer for Balzhiser & Hubbard Engineers, explains, "Most women are viewed as manly women and I think that's a big misconception.  We've got a lot of ladies who love to shop and to be true feminine women in this industry."

The conference started Thursday and ends on Saturday.