Ladies hammer away for 'National Women Build Week'

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Rapid City, (KEVN-TV) From now until May 10th, thousands of volunteers are expected to partner with Habitat for Humanity affiliates from across the country.
It's all in honor of 'National Women Build Week.'
Ladies from all different walks of like will choose to volunteer their time, bringing affordable housing into their communities.

It's not often that you see construction sites filled with women, but many took to their tool belts today to help make a difference, getting to work bright and early.

Lynne Hix–Disanto, South Dakota House Representative, District 35 and Volunteer said, "Today's a chance to give back and to give to other people."

That's exactly what nearly 40 women were doing Saturday.
Now in it's 8th year. National Women Build Week challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort of eliminating poverty housing in local areas.

Hix–Disanto said, "Its really an incredible experience, women build, because it really is about women encouraging and supporting other women and so what you find here is an environment where women are teaching each other, helping each other, encouraging, you may not have a lot of construction background but its okay because the women here that do have that background step up and help each other so it's really great."

Thirty–six volunteers spent the day hammering in the frames for what will become the walls of the next Habitat home.
Although construction can be exhausting manual labor, the ladies in pink pushed through.

Kristina Barker, Volunteer said, "You know, people are having a lot of fun, it's the kind of thing where it's a lot of hard work, it's really hot out here today, but people are sweating and smiling and swinging hammers and they're having a lot of fun doing it."

Every year, 'National Women Build Week' occurs just before Mother's Day, turning the focus on women for more than just one special day.
While construction may not be the number one job associated with women, the ladies here Saturday were ready to change that.

Hix–Disanto said, "I would certainly say that there are some stereotypes that exist related to women and construction, that we're not able to do all the things that men can do, but I would say come out take a look and see what we do, I think you'd be surprised at what you'll find."

The ladies built 50 wall frames to go up in a new home expected to be built on Lemmon Street in Rapid City by the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity.