lumbing has played a prominent role in Jessie Cannizzaros life Jessie Cannizzaro

Ever since she was a child, plumbing has played a prominent role in Jessie Cannizzaro’s life.

Why are there still so few women in plumbing?

“Gender stereotyping begins at a very early age,” Vellinga said.  Many are still not sure what to think of a woman joining the ranks. Vellinga noted that plumbing is an old fashioned career track that made this country great. Vellinga said the last class of apprentices had six women. Next year, she’s hoping to top 50.

CHICAGO — Ever since she was a child, plumbing has played a prominent role in Jessie Cannizzaro’s life. For 30 years, her father worked as a master plumber; at first the work simply didn’t appeal to Cannizzaro. In a classic case of familiarity breeding contempt, she swore she’d never become one herself.

Fast-forward a couple of decades and you’ll find Cannizzaro working most of the hours of her day as a master plumber and owner of

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