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Massachusetts Girls in Trades Group Gets New Look. Student from Arlington Creates Winning Logo Design

Massachusetts Girls in Trades Group Gets New Look

Student from Arlington Creates Winning Logo Design

Massachusetts Girls in Trades, a new statewide organization seeking to increase the number of females in the construction trades, has a new look. 

The organization’s board of directors this month unveiled a new logo and publicly recognized the logo’s designer:  James O’Connell, a student majoring in Design and Visual Communications at Minuteman High School in Lexington.  Mr. O’Connell’s winning design was one of 81 submitted by students from 13 vocational-technical high schools in Massachusetts.  Mr. O’Connell is a junior who lives in Arlington.

“We were overwhelmed at the level of participation and the quality of the work,” said Maryanne Ham, one of the founding members of Massachusetts Girls in Trades.  “We think that the winning design really captures the essence of what our organization is all about.”

Girls in Trade LOGO The winning design shows a hand and wrist consisting of seven different shades of skin holding a pink wrench. The wrench includes a grip at one end and a cross at the other.  Together, they form a shape that is similar to the Venus symbol for the female gender.  The cross is shielded by a yellow construction hard hat.  The words “Massachusetts Girls in Trades” form a semicircle at the top right of the logo.  

Ms. Ham explained that the top five designs were selected by the organization’s board.  The names of the student designers and their schools were not disclosed throughout the judging process.  Members of the Equity in Trades Student Leadership Council then made the final selection.  They, too, had no knowledge of the students’ names or what school they came from.

Selection of the winning design was announced at the Second Annual Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair at IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester on March 2. 

The Gilbane Building Company, one of the event sponsors, presented Mr. O’Connell with a $100 VISA gift card for his winning design.  

The other top five designs were submitted by students Tessa Beatrice from Keefe Regional Technical School in Framingham; Haleigh O’Leary from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill; and Charlie Hoffstrom and Thainara Gomes, both from Minuteman. 

Massachusetts Girls in Trades was established to encourage young women to consider pursuing high-wage, high-demand careers in the construction trades.  The board includes representatives from community organizations, developers, contractors, government, building trade unions, apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, student organizations, and career and technical schools. 

A Conference and Career Fair for vocational-technical students in Western Massachusetts will be held at William J. Dean Technical High School in Holyoke on April 13.

For more information, contact Ms. Ham at