living across the world, working in fields dominated by men, looking to challenge the notion that we are frail, weak, and unable. When we looked around, we saw each of us working to change the world by uplifting those around us and in our communities. We didn’t feel weak at all. We knew that we had to build a space where other people could experience this. We found our friendship and support for each other, to be something that held us down and made us amazing. Each of the four founders is different; we’re people of color and white women, over-educated and under-educated, from across the United States. We’ve embraced the beauty of our differences as the driving force of what makes Frailty Myths so beautiful.
Frailty Myths was founded in October, 2016 in Oakland, California by a group of four diverse women committed to one transformative idea: to offer women, trans, and gender non-conforming people in marginalized communities’ confidence building skills in traditionally male-dominated activities as a means of rising up out of the oppressive myths of “female fragility.”
Frailty Myths is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, based in Oakland, California. Our fundamental goal is to empower and transform women, trans, and gender nonconforming people in marginalized communities using hands-on, experiential learning in skills traditionally dominated by men, like woodworking, sailing, and climbing.
Who we are
Frailty Myths is honored to have an incredible group of people sit on the advisory council. Check them out here.
Georgia Faye Hirsty
Who We Serve
% identify as POC
% identify as LGBT
% Make less than $30k
Frailty Myths Philosophy
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3 Part Series: Woodworking Toward Self Reliance Donate Now Give back and Sponsor this Series! This organization is amazing! A powerful, exciting, enlightening, fun, knowledgeable day! Proud to have been in their intro to tools class. Give them all your support. Tina Marie Woodworking and Power tools Participant APPLY HERE The Run Down: DATES, TIMES, Read more about 3 Part Series: Woodworking Toward Self Reliance[…]
Basic Power Tools and Woodworking: Women, Trans, and Gender NonBinary Only ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NYC Workshop – APPLY NOW * applications close April 12th and confirmations will be sent April 13th Basic Power Tools and Woodworking: Women, Trans, and Gender NonBinary Only Sunday – April 22nd 2018 1:00pm-5:00pm Brooklyn, NYC *This workshop is specifically for Read more about Power Tools and Woodworking NYC: April 22nd ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS[…]
Working On the Railway as a Transgender Woman: Experiences and Insights By Mackenzie Boyer I have worked in my fair share of male dominated industries. Before my current employment, I worked as a motorcycle salesperson, a used car salesperson, and a copywriter for a start-up that employed no more than two women at once. I Read more about Working On the Railway as a Transgender Woman by Mackenzie Boyer[…]
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FRAILTY MYTHS’ PHILOSOPHY © 2017 Frailty Myths Contents: Who is Frailty Myths and What we do? Frailty Myths Pedagody Self Reliance Feminism and FM Intersectionality Queer Theory and Transfeminism Liberation Pedagogy Frailty Myths Workshops Note to reader: Frailty Myths is committed to growth, a culture of feedback, honest dialogue, and learning together. This Read more about Frailty Myths’ Philosophy[…]
OFFICIAL REGISTRATION IS OPEN! GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN NOW – WORKSHOPS FILL UP FAST! Basic Power Tools and Woodworking: No Boys August 19th 2017 2:00pm-6:30pm Oakland, California *This workshop is specifically for any one who identifies as a woman, trans, or gender non conforming. Apply for the workshop HERE This workshop will cover how to Read more about Oakland CA: Basic Power Tools and Woodworking: No Boys – Aug 19th 2:00pm-6:30pm[…]
OFFICIAL REGISTRATION OPEN MONDAY JUNE 12TH at NOON. WORKSHOPS FILL UP FAST! Basic Power Tools and Woodworking: Women* Only June 17th 2017 11am-3:30pm Oakland, California *This workshop is specifically for any one who identifies as a woman, trans, or gender non conforming. Apply for the workshop HERE This workshop will cover how to operate a Read more about Oakland CA: Basic Power Tools and Woodworking: Women* Only: June 17th 11am-3:30pm[…]
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Hey Fam! Join us for our first fundraiser in May 24th at SOMAR! It’s gonna be a great party and we’ll be raisin money so we can host more workshops and smash myths of frailty in the Bay Area and around the country! We’ll be auctioning off great prices and holding a raffle for Read more about Happy Hour at SOMAR May 24th[…]
THE FRAILTY MYTHS’ STORY Frailty Myths is a dream that began as a group of friends imagining a space for women that was as powerful and supportive as that friendship. Frailty Myths is a non-profit that offers an array of workshops that train women in traditionally male-dominated activities like welding, construction, climbing, art, and sailing. Read more about The Frailty Myths Story[…]
Power Tools and Woodworking: Women* Only March 25th 2017 11am-3pm Brooklyn NY *This workshop is specifically for any one who identifies as female, trans, or gender non conforming. We’re excited to be hosting a Frailty Myths Woodworking Workshop in New York for the first time! This workshop will cover how to operate a number of Read more about Brooklyn NY: Power Tools and Woodworking: Women* Only March 25th 2017 11am-3pm[…]
Frailty Myths Intro to Sailing Workshop *For Female Identified People Only Feb. 18th 2017 REGISTER HERE Sailing can give people one of the most incredible and profound sensations there is however it is largely dominated by men and often inaccessible to many due to cost. Frailty Myths is very excited to launch our first sailing Read more about Frailty Myths Intro to Sailing Workshop *For Female Identified People Only Feb. 18th 2017[…]
Registration is officially open for the Intro to Strength Training Workshop: female identified only* Always wanted to learn how to lift weight but never have? Whether because the weight room at the gym is unwelcoming and often unsafe for female identified people or because you’ve never had the training or tools, this workshop is for Read more about Intro to Strength Training – Feb 11th 11:30am *female identified only[…]
Frailty Myths now offers team building and leadership workshops for corporate, nonprofit, and community partners
Our fee-for-service workshops train women in traditionally male-dominated activities. These fully tax-deductible workshops empower women to become leaders in their communities. Each for-women, by women workshop offers hands-on skill building and facilitated discussions that examine the learning experience and how societal myths have kept women from actively participating in traditionally male spaces. Our Read more about Frailty Myths now offers team building and leadership workshops for corporate, nonprofit, and community partners[…]
Womens Empowerment Skill Workshops: Our workshops offer hands-on skill building & exploration of how societal myths have kept women down. Be part of the family and contribute now. We believe that when women discover and rediscover our physical capabilities, we also embrace our independence, our fundamental leadership abilities, and the strength to stand for ourselves Read more about Frailty Myth Fundraiser: We Need Your Help to Keep Making a Difference[…]
Registration is officially open for the Intro to Strength Training Workshop: Women* Always wanted to learn how to lift weight but never have? Whether because the weight room at the gym is unwelcoming and often unsafe for female identified people or because you’ve never had the training or tools, this workshop is for you! In Read more about Registration now open! for the Intro to Strength Training Workshop: Women* only – Jan. 28th 11am[…]
Written by Erinn Carter When I got to college, one of the things that always perplexed my white friends was the fact that I had never been camping. Coupled by my lack of desire to do anything outside and many of them just could not understand why I didn’t want to go hike/camp/climb with them. Read more about Women, People of Color, and Getting Outside[…]
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