voices of moxie and moss : meet mercy

March 21, 2017

voices of moxie and moss : meet mercy

Mercy is a carpenter and a minority tradeswoman

We are inspired by the incredible women in our community. Not only have they put our Maven work pant to the test - they've shared some of their personal stories.

Please meet Mercy Shammah, residential carpenter and tradeswoman. 

Why did you go into residential construction?

I love the idea of building homes for people. Creating a place of refuge... a sanctuary for people to start and spend their days in.

How long have you been doing this?

I have been creating and building all my life. I started the building career path about a year and a half ago through Oregon Tradeswomen Inc.

What do you like most about it?

I find building to be similar to creating art. The best times are being able to step back at the end of the day and see all that you have conquered.

What are your goals?

My goals are to continue to create homes. I would love to have a strong emphasis on community and supporting minorities of all kinds.

What was an obstacle you had to overcome on the job?

I think it is always hard to maintain confidence in your abilities when that confidence is regularly challenged by process, outdated historical patterns, or gender norms. 

How do you overcome it?

It is hard to articulate all the time I DON'T have for gender norms or pressures. I do my best to be concerned solely with the social ideals defined by me and other allies who want to empower women and minorities.

- Interviewed by Moxie & Moss Workwear

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