Shelley Halstead is a carpenter based in Baltimore. Shelley previously worked as a forest fire fighter and as an electrical worker on a science base in Antarctica. She later joined the Carpenters Union where she trained and worked for several years. She then went to law school and is also a lawyer. Now, Shelley has set up Black Women Build, a non profit organisation which aims to work with women from Baltimore’s Black communities, training them in construction skills whilst working on properties they will eventually be able to own themselves.
This interview is part of a growing international archive documenting the experiences of women working in manual trades and non traditional employment.
Shelley was interviewed on 06/03/2018 in her home in Baltimore, MD (USA).