“I am a trans person, but that's not all of me. I'm an electrician. I'm a good electrician. I'm a fun person,” said Grace Kahn.
Kahn quit her job at a large company to start her own business, Village Voltage LLC.
“Every person that I went to seemed to say the same thing. 'We’re waiting two months for an electrician. The prices are pretty high, because people are so busy that they're charging what they want. And we want to support someone that's from a marginalized community,'” said Kahn.
Kahn has been helped along the way by Vermont Works for Women, a nonprofit that helps women recognize their potential through economic independence.
“It's extremely empowering and inspiring to hear about women who have persevered and risen above some of the challenges to become successful in nontraditional fields. This is actually our time to support women getting back to work,” said Alison Lamagna.
“There's something about taking your hands and producing something that is really satisfying for me,” said Kahn.
And her message to others:
“Whoever you are, wherever you are in your life, you can do whatever you want,” said Kahn.