IBEW members pose for a photo with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, in blue in the middle, at the Women Build Nations conference in October 2018.
     Photo credit: North America’s Building Trades Unions

This week we celebrate our sisters in the building trades who work side by side with our brothers to build our bridges, buildings, roads and more.

While women are still underrepresented – only about 3% of the construction workforce – the IBEW is working to recruit and retain more skilled tradeswomen, giving our sisters not only the sense of accomplishment that comes from a career with the IBEW, but the wages and benefits to support their families.

To celebrate Women in Construction Week, a project of the National Association of Women in Construction, check out these stories and videos to see what our sisters are doing – and how our brothers are helping.

IBEW Membership Turned into Her ‘Freedom Ticket’

Standout Detroit Tree Trimmer is Special, But Not for the Obvious Reason

BC Member Selected for Canada’s Future Skills Council

Tradeswomen Find Solidarity in Numbers at Annual Women Build Nations Conference

Women’s Committees Empowering the Sisterhood, Making Locals Proud

New Program Aims to Help Trades Recruit More Women

The Rising Tide Lifting Women into Leadership

BC Organization Looks Past Recruiting Women to the Next Step: Keeping Them

Leveling the Playing Field: Pre-Apprenticeships Open Doors to the Middle Class

Boston Member’s Book Shines Light on Women in the Trades


IBEW 2019 Canadian Women’s Conference

IBEW Women’s Committee

Winning Women to the Building Trades

IBEW Commercial – Mara

IBEW Commercial – Crystal