Tradeswomen Inc.

Posted April 7, 2023

Brothers and sisters

We need your help changing the mentality and being open to bringing more females into our trades, and we need to be the hand and shoulder for them to join and succeed.

Be that guy and show that we are here to help anyone to be part of the union family,

Together we will be the voice and proof of this change.

If you know any person looking to join any females interested in adventuring on the learning of the trades, please have them call me, and I will ensure they get all the information needed to start a new career.

Women in California apprenticeships in 2018:

  • Total apprentices @85,000
  • 6.2% women total
  • 62,500 in construction only
  • 2.9% construction women
  • 2.8 % women apprentices in manufacturing
  • 38% of all women apprentices are in low-wage service sector
  • 8.8% women average excluding construction and services

Tradeswomen Inc. is celebrating its 40th year in 2019

Tradeswomen Inc. supports women in the skilled trades through outreach, recruitment, retention, and leadership development. Tradeswomen Inc. (TWI) provides direct services for women entering and moving through careers in the trades as well as technical assistance to contractors, unions and apprenticeship programs. TWI supports local, state and national policy to increase the success of women in these high wage blue-collar careers. 

Since inception, TWI has been in the forefront of advocacy on these issues. In recent years, TWI has joined in national advocacy to promote strong harassment and discrimination prevention policies. This national effort helped result in new Office of Apprenticeship Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations as well as increased federal funding to implement these regulations and related gender equity in apprenticeship policies. 

TWI and the Building and Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) have been working with California legislators to improve opportunities for women in construction. 

Successes include policies and funding for women in pre-apprenticeship and new California EEO policies for construction apprenticeship programs. TWI continues to work directly with contractors, apprenticeship programs and unions as well as with policy makers to improve construction worksite culture for men and women.