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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UC Berkeley has partnered with VA Tech to conduct a research survey regarding safety on construction sites.
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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.

Outreach & Recruitment Services

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?


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


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


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


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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6 days ago

Did you know “Rosies” briefly played the role of Department store Santa's? In honor of the diversity of a woman this holiday season lets kick off our first Tradeswomen Inc. "Secret Lady Santa”
If you would like to participate (this game is completely voluntary) please comment your trade of choice - Example (Rough Carpentry) *if you're not in a trade but want to play along. Type in “home improvement”
Here’s how it will work.
* I will put everyone’s name in a random number generator and match it to the number beside your name. Everyone will have a different person to send to so please only participate if you’re going to fulfill your end of the bargain. I will be the only person to know who’s getting who so it’ll be discreet. Each person will need to inbox me with your address so I can forward it to your secret Santa.
Minimum Gift amount $10 - It can be anything construction/home improvement related and no maximum value depending on how generous you’re feeling.
Deadline to comment on this post Dec 5th at 5pm so you have time to shop for gifts.
Again I ask that only serious players participate. Deadline to send out gifts will be one week before Christmas Dec 17th but the earlier the better.
If anyone has any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Happy Holidays
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7 days ago

In case you missed it TWI partnered with the [ State Building and Construction Trades Council of California](…) to create this video that highlights women Elevator Mechanics, Please help us get out the word out. Repost and reshare on your feed. San Joaquin County Building & Construction Trades Council Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County I.U.E.C. ... See MoreSee Less
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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