As a benchman-company man for 14 years she is a pleasure to
work with. She is straight forward, honest, and has a wonderful
Sorry folks, I can’t let this go by without comment. She is
neither a benchman nor a company man. The terms are bench
jeweler and company woman or company person.
I realize some people will find this annoying. So I will take
pains to point out that language matters. And using language
that makes women invisible denies that women exist in jewelry.
How can more young women come into jewelry if we only talk about
"benchmen?" It makes it seems that there are no women working
at the bench in the industry.
It takes extra effort and special visioning ability to be the
"first woman," we don’t need to make little girls think they
would be the first woman in jewelry just because they never hear
or see women in jewelry. In fact, women have been in jewelry
for a long time. And there are more women than men in SNAG.
If you’d like to do more about this, you could participate in
this month’s “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” April 22, 1999.
Notice it’s Take Our Daughters, not “your” daughter. You can
take any young woman age 9-15 with you. For more