Manufacturers need to look for more female candidates and ensure that the workplace culture will be accepting and supportive of their presence, say women involved in various Oregon-based manufacturing efforts. "Employers need to think more about how much we might save when people feel like they can stay in their jobs -- how much knowledge, training and expertise you retain in the process," says Roberta Hunte, who teaches at Portland State University and formerly worked at Oregon Tradeswomen.
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