Returning the Favor – S1:E3 Girls Build

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My friends ask me all the time why I write for a site designed for women by women.  “Ted” they say, “I don’t know if you know this, but you are not a woman”. Of course, I know that!  But, I am the son of a woman, the husband woman, and the father of a woman.  Also, I am the nephew of my mother’s 5 sisters and 2 more aunts on my dad’s side, I am the grandson of 2 grandmothers, I have 6 female cousins and 3 beautiful nieces.  On top of all this, I have many female friends and co-workers.  In fact, if I had to guess, I would say approximately 50% of everyone I know is female.  So, women have always had a really important and powerful role in my life.

It really irritates me when I hear people talking about what women can and cannot do.  I strongly believe women can do anything they put their minds to.  That is why this story spoke to me.

First, let me say, I am a big fan of Mike Rowe.  I believe he is one of only a few voices of reason and common sense coming from the media today.  I know that some of his opinions are controversial, and many people have misconstrued his message to be anti-education.  It is not, he is simply trying to point out that there is a skills gap for trained workers often referred to as “The Trades” which includes carpenters, plumbers, electricians, welders, pipe fitters, mechanics, etc..  During this time where there are some 6+ million good paying jobs that are going unfilled, as a country we have saddled our children with over a TRILLION dollars in student loan debt, mostly for jobs that do not exist when they get out of school.  However, I am not here to defend Mike Rowe in this article (however, if you would like to have that debate in the comments section below, I would be happy to discuss it with you).

What I love about this video story is this woman (Katie Hughes) and her team’s passion for showing young girls that they can do things that some of them probably only thought the boys could.  The story brought back memories of raising my daughter and how much she would light up whenever she could show her two older brothers that she could do something they thought she could not.  I could just see these girl’s confidence growing by the second as they got to handle power tools and hammers.  This is the kind of program I love.  As a matter of fact, I was so impressed, I went to their website and made my own small donation and would encourage all of you to do the same.  Below is their website url:


But those are just my thoughts…


I would love to hear yours in the comment section below.



Returning The Favor

Mike and the team pop into Portland Oregon to surprise Katie Hughes, a female carpenter who created and runs an incredible skills trade camp for young girls.



About the Author

Ted is the proud husband of Jaelin (see above) and the father of 3 grown children (2 boys & a girl). He was raised by a single mother who had 5 sisters, so women have always been important in his life. As the husband of a Midwife, the father of a sassy daughter, the nephew to several aunts, and the son of a successful mother, he has a respect and appreciation for women that is part of his foundational being. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management and has worked in executive/management positions in fortune 500 companies for the last 30+ years