Hartford Conference Emphasizes Importance of Women in Manufacturing – Connecticut News

Hartford Conference Emphasizes Importance of Women in Manufacturing – Connecticut News

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) spoke Friday at a summit for female leaders in the manufacturing sector about the importance of diverse leadership, encouraging students and workers toward advanced manufacturing skill sets and strengthening the industry in the U.S.

This was the first time that the annual Women in Manufacturing conference, started in 2011, was held in New England, as Connecticut works to harness its booming aerospace and defense industries — and find enough workers to fill the jobs.

“American manufacturing has got to continue to be at the core of what we do. It’s been the core of Connecticut’s strength for centuries but it needs to be part of that future,” Esty said at the seventh annual Women in Manufacturing Summit at the Connecticut Convention Center. “What’s the reputation [of manufacturing]? Dirty, dark, and dangerous. … We need to help young people today understand” that today’s industry is different.

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