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Pipefitter details struggles, successes of being a woman in construction

International Women's Day theme emphasizes equity.

Curtistine Billups wearing a safety vest and holding her tools and helmet.
Curtistine Billups, 55, is a pipefitter in Northwest Washington. She left the medical field in her 40s. "When I moved back home and changed careers at 42, my mom said, 'When you were a kid you always said you wanted to be a blue-collar worker ... You wanted to work with your hands.'" (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Audra Anderson Assistant Editor
Editor’s note: Women Empowered: Honoring Women’s History Month is a monthlong
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