Tradeswomen, Inc. (TWI) celebrates 40 years of support and advocacy for women in the trades. TWI has remained dedicated to its mission of outreach recruitment retention and leadership development for women in the trades since 1979.
Women working in the trades continue to face significant challenges while many of the links that supported progress for women in the past have disappeared. Coming out of the worst economic times since the Great Depression, TWI finds a new environment for compliance, job training and workforce as well as support for collective bargaining and women’s economic rights.
Today, TWI uses multiple programs and relationships to support tradeswomen. Among them are:
- Conducting informational Entry to Apprenticeship workshops both at our office and at the West Oakland Job Resource Center;
- Working with PG&E and East Bay MUD to increase women in utilities trades careers;
- In partnership with the Building Trades, we sponsor the pre-apprenticeship workshops and scholarship program and the Women Building Conferences.
- This year, as part of a coalition of four Apprenticeship Readiness programs, we initiated a full day pre-Conference Institute on Women in Pre-Apprenticeship.
- As part of the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, we organize the Tradeswomen Policy Forums that follow the Women Building Conferences.
- We continue our work with victims of domestic abuse, our services as an informal national tradeswomen hotline.
- We have published our 11th annual Tradeswomen Calendar, and
- We are very proud to be part of a West Coast Consortium working with the Department of Labor and several apprenticeship programs on a Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations (WANTO) grant.
Tradeswomen and Tradeswomen Inc. remain tough, ready to take on this new world. The economy needs the women in this and upcoming generations to build our homes, cities and industries. Women workers deserve equal access to living wages, pensions, health care and pride in their work. Tradeswomen not only need these jobs but similar to their male counterparts, they enter the trades for the pride in working with their hands, of being a “mechanic” and taking satisfaction in their craft.