Authored by Kayla Setters
March 6, 2017
Celebrating Women in the Marine Trades
International Women’s Day started in New York City in 1908 when 15,000 women marched the streets demanding their right to vote and for better working hours and pay. Now, it’s a day known worldwide for celebrating the political, economic and social achievements of all women. Every year comes with a theme; those participating on March 8 are asked to be #BeBoldForChange and celebrate women in the changing world of work.
The Blount sisters grew up in the shipyard, learning from their father Luther Blount, an engineer and shipbuilder. Luther’s daughter Nancy Blount spent her teen years as a stewardess onboard, working the dining room and cleaning cabins. Later on, she worked in the boat yard as a welder. Today, the Blount sisters Julie and Marcia are Presidents of Blount Boats. Nancy leads the small ship cruise line. All three sisters are an amazing representation of women leadership in the marine trades, celebrating women's achievement in this industry and in the marine trades around the globe.
In 2016, Blount Small Ship Adventures was named 10 Best River Cruise Line by USA Today and Blount Boats built the first U.S. wind farm vessel as well as being awarded "Boat of the Year" at the 2016 International Work Boat Show.