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Architectural Metal Worker Gabrielle Shelton is Beyond Proving Herself

Shelton has never shied away from hard work. Especially in the early days of her career, she was almost always the only woman on a job site or in the shop. “I wasn’t fazed by it. I never felt out of place or like a spectacle,” she says, conceding that “I used to get asked to prove myself a lot.” She’s now firmly beyond that stage. Yes, she still “absolutely has had both contractors and employees say things to me that I know they would never say to a man. But I think that’s true of any woman at any job.”

Gabrielle Shelton has worked on countless commissions for The Turett Collaborative.

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