“My name is Glayce Miranda-Sena, and I am a Brazilian immigrant. I came into the United States in August of 2005, 15 years ago. The day I arrived in Boston, I had a pair of shoes, a t-shirt, a pair of pants, and a couple of bucks in my pocket.
As an immigrant and as a woman, things were challenging in the beginning, especially without a family and support. Since day one, I was on my own. I had to work twice as hard to survive. I didn’t know the language, and since I couldn’t afford to pay for school, I managed to learn English on my own.
Along the way, I’ve met a lot of people, but one of them, in particular, was responsible for opening my eyes to something I always wanted to do. Around 2006-2007, I met Christiane, a Union female Laborer. She told me about her job, how much she enjoyed working at construction, buildings, bridges, highways, and how great it was to be part of a Union. I shared with her how much I enjoy working with my hands and that I would love to do what she was doing.”
In describing her favorite part of being a tradeswoman, she states, “My favorite part is learning something new about my trade everyday at work and at school. It could be challenging sometimes but I love everything about it.”
Glayce describes her journey as an electrician saying, “I know it is not going to be easy, but my qualities will lead me to a successful career as an electrician. I will be going to school and work at the job site as safe as I can, to come home to my wife and two fur kids, the most important part of my life.”