IBEW women members will don name badges and lanyards for a few days next year to attend the eighth IBEW Women’s Conference.


The IBEW women’s conference brings together and mobilizes women from all branches. Pictured above is former Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who attended the 2014 conference.

“We are very proud of our sisters in the Brotherhood and want to do all we can to support them,” said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. “The benefits and opportunities that come with a union job should be available to everyone, regardless of gender.”


The conference will run from Feb. 24-27 in Los Angeles, opening with a pre-conference on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Beginning on Feb. 25, the conference will include plenary sessions, caucuses and workshops covering various topics related to leadership, politics, the labor movement and specific issues women face in the workplace.


“We’ve got a full agenda and are looking forward to moving the ball forward for women in 2016,” said Carolyn J. Williams, director of civic and community engagement.


The first women’s conference was held in 1997. Since 2008, they have been held biennially. The 2014 conference brought together approximately 450 members from each of the seven branches.


All locals from across the United States and Canada are encouraged to participate. For questions or additional information, contact the Civic and Community Engagement Department at CCE@ibew.org. Local unions can also get information and register members by visiting the Local Connections section of IBEW.org.