City Pages | Jess Hirsch Teaches Tools Of Empowerment At Women’s Woodshop

The seven students in Jess Hirsch’s power tools 101 class circle up around a few work tables and a large, round miter saw. They begin by introducing themselves and their preferred pronouns.

The class, open to women and non-binary students, is one of nine different ones Hirsch offers at her new Women’s Woodshop in south Minneapolis’ Standish neighborhood. Hirsch begins that she prefers she/her pronouns, and laments that the guy at the lumberyard earlier in the day called her “sir.” 

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