The skilled trades are a wonderful career opportunity for women.

Whether you’re fresh out of high school, or looking to change careers, learning a trade is a great pathway to a high paying career that raises you above the normal, regular job. We help gritty women find the career that provides them the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.

Nationally, only 3 to 4% of the building trades workforce are women – and similar representation in related skilled trades such as machinists and auto mechanics. Tradeswomen Inc. aims to increase the number of women in construction and related trades.

We support women who are looking for a career in a craft, and act as a resource center for both tradeswomen and employers to bring change into the skilled trades.

Produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California in collaboration with TWI.

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Due to the recent public health gathering restrictions, we are moving our ENTRY TO APPRENTICESHIP WORKSHOP online. We hold workshops for Bay Area Residents on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, and hold workshops for Central Valley Residents on the 4th Thursday of the month.

Check out our events page to sign-up for a workshop near you.

We Support Women In SKILLED Trades

We offer a range of services to help women who are looking to get into the building trades, and providing meetups that help women build comradery, while help the contractors and unions who work with skilled tradeswomen with training and retention education.

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Help make sure your talent pool has the diversity and skill that can ensure fast-paced growth for your business.

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Continued Support

We have meetups regularly for women in the building trades to have a place to build comradery.

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Leadership & Management Support

Support for both union and contractor Human Resources Development for the workforce development.

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The Facts

Generally: Women make 81 cents to a man’s dollar.

In construction: 94 cents to a man’s dollar.

Union jobs: Dollar-to-dollar equal in ALL union contracts.”

Source: The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)

Why choose a career in a union construction trade?

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Average starting wage is $20/hr PLUS benefits. Plus Project Labor Agreements, or construction work done for government agencies, pay PREVAILING WAGE.

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Although women make 80 cents on the dollar in most comparable positions, union contracts dictate that WOMEN make the SAME as Men

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In the summer of 2019, seasonally adjusted construction employment in California topped 900,000 for the first time in 12 years, increasing by 4% or more in June, July, and August, compared to the same months in 2018.

Only 250K

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A quarter of a million women work in the trades.

Of the 165 million working in the trades, women make up 250K. Our goal is to narrow that gap!

Only 3.4%

In 2018, fewer than one in twenty (3.4%) of construction trades workers were women working with tools.

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Sisters, voters don't understand this issue. Please write letters to your newspapers and pass this along to friends.Dear Friends,
Vote YES on Prop 16 (also Props 15 and 21). My letter to the editor:

I am a woman who made a great career as a construction and maintenance electrician. I would never have gotten a job in the previously all-male all-white industry without affirmative action. I’ve devoted my life to helping other women achieve success in jobs in the construction trades. Why? Because these union jobs pay wages substantially above what women can make in traditional female careers, decreasing the number of women (and children) in poverty.
Women got a foot in the door but we are still being denied entry to these jobs because of entrenched sexism and racism, especially after affirmative action was made illegal in California by the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996.
Proposition 16 on the November 3 ballot will overturn the 1996 law. Right now only about three percent of construction workers are women. That’s not enough. Women still experience isolation and harassment on the job. Working conditions in construction will not truly improve until discrimination ends and the numbers of women increase.
A YES vote on Proposition 16 will make programs like targeted recruitment for women and minorities possible again, restoring a level playing field for all.
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Testimonials

TWI provides a much needed avenue for women getting in the trades, and they also provide comradery for women who are working in the trades already. As a 28 year steamfitter, its great to that I can particpate in an organization that provides support to women apprentices.

Terri GoldenSteamfitter, UA342

The best feeling is getting paid for something you love doing.

Raquel LeonbergerAutomotive Pre-Apprentice