This week’s Badass Chick is Jackie Scanlon of Braintree, creator of the Trades of Women Instagram.

I. Love. Jackie. Jackie and her husband own a contracting company, and Jackie is very hands-on. Not only does she do the social media, the web site, the bills, the marking, etc (you name it!), but Jackie also does the labor. But after starting their business, Jackie quickly realized that women laborers are pretty rare – and often times, they’re pretty disrespected.

She wanted to change the conversation and the perception of women laborers, so she took a really simple approach: she and a bunch of other girls created an Instagram account called Trades of Women. They feature women from all different trades, all around the world, doing what they love. And it’s catching on; after having created the Instagram only in March, the account has over 5500 followers. It’s an incredible way to not only create a community for these women in a very male-dominated field, but also offer inspiration to younger girls with the same dreams that yes, even though dudes typically do this work, you can do it too.

Jackie’s idea is pretty simple, and that’s what I love about it; it’s far-reaching and offers a really large impact and I’m so, so happy there are women out there like Jackie who are changing the conversation and challenging the norm. For that, she is my Badass Chick of the Week!

Loren’s Badass Chick of the Week highlights local women and girls giving back to the community, following their passion and/or breaking stereotypes. If YOU have a Badass Chick you want to see highlighted, email!

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