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The destiny of U.S. manufacturing is a girls’s problem, too

The fate of U.S. manufacturing is a women’s issue, too


Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Three congresswomen are among the many impeachment prosecutors, Sen. Elizabeth Warren writes for Fortune about her plan to make expertise accessible to individuals with disabilities, and we meet China’s Queen of Trash. Have a terrific Thursday. 

– A story of two factories. The Web is awash in political headlines this morning (learn on for that!), however I hope you’ll enable me some temporary counter programming about China’s “Queen of Trash.”

The New York Instances has a captivating learn on Zhang Yin, whose firm, 9 Dragons Paper, makes corrugated board utilizing recycled fiber—a $35 billion enterprise that’s made her one of many richest individuals in China.

The Instances tells the story of Zhang’s choice to purchase a defunct paper mill in Previous City, Maine, and the way that buy has reverberated via the small group. It’s a kind of tales that manages to braid collectively a number of the most vital macro-economic and political problems with our instances (globalization, U.S.-China relations, the struggles of American manufacturing) with the micro—the day by day lives of the individuals who make up this 7,500-person city. It’s price a learn.

One motive the story caught my eye is that I simply this week watched American Manufacturing unit, the freshly Oscar-nominated documentary produced by the Obamas (I’m late, I do know!). The movie chronicles a former GM manufacturing facility in Ohio—shuttered in 2008—that’s purchased and reopened by Fuyao, a Chinese language glassmaking firm. It’s compelling piece of filmmaking, clear-eyed and unwilling to supply simple solutions.

The Instances story and the documentary have loads in widespread: tradition conflict, displacement of unions, mutual suspicion. However in addition they recommend that there’s no single method such tales should play out—I completed American Manufacturing unit with a way of dread, whereas the NYT piece provides a whiff of hope.

The state of American manufacturing just isn’t a “girls’s problem,” per se, however girls work in these mills and factories, stay within the cities they help, and sometimes, as within the case of Zhang, run them. Their future is one thing that can have an effect on us all.

Kristen Bellstrom
kristen.bellstrom@fortune.com
@kayelbee

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