Women in Construction

2016 Women Build Nations

The 2016 conference was held in Chicago on April 29-May 1, 2016 and brought together close to 1,500 women in the trades. (Read More)

2015 Women Building the Nation Conference

From May 1-3, 2015 more than 1,100 tradeswomen from the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK met at the Sheraton Gateway LAX in Los Angeles. With more than 40 workshops and plenary sessions the 2015 Conference was the largest conference of its type in the world. (Read More)

2014 Women Building CA & the Nation Conference

On April 25-27, 2014, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Sacramento Convention Center hosted tradeswomen from across California, the U.S., Canada, and Australia for the Fourth Annual Women Building California and the Nation conference. With 873 participants, history was made again. Watch the videos and see what all the excitement is about. (Read More)

Hilda Solis, Labor Secretary, greets the First Women Building the Nation conference

2011 - Labor Secretary Hilda Solis sends her greetings to the First Women Building California and the Nation conference, held in Oakland, May 2011. Runtime 1:54 (Read More)

Mary Battle - Keynote Address for the 2012 Women Building California and the Nation Conference

2012 - In 2011, Mary Battle became the first woman to be elected as Business Manager of her Local Union 891, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, Washington D.C. Local 891 was founded in 1864.. Runtime 7:18 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - 6 Words

2012 - It's not always easy for women to take up a career in the trades, but those who do often find it rewarding in many ways. Here, a dozen tradeswomen explain -in just six words-what their career choice has meant to them. Runtime 2:55 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - A Celebration of Tradeswomen

2013 - A celebration of tradeswomen. See pictures of women at work in the building and construction trades from around the world. Produced by Melina Harris for the 2013 Women Building California and the Nation conference. (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - A whimsical view of women electricians from Houston

2012 - This short video, produced by the WATT Women (the women's committee of Houston's IBEW Local 716) was produced for the Women Building California and the Nation Conference, held in Oakland on April 30-May 1. Unfortunately, the great music mix in the original could not be posted on You Tube due to copyright issues, so we replaced it with a piece called Texas Time, (The spirit's good but it loses a bit in translation!) Runtime 3:05 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Leadership

2013 - What does it mean to be a leader? These tradeswomen have a few ideas. Produced by Debra Chaplan for the 2013 Women Building California and the Nation conference. (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Meet the women who are working to build a low-income housing project

2012 - Produced by Joy Lam, this short video introduces us to the tradeswomen who are building a low-income housing development (Parcel G) in San Francisco. Runtime 3:37 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Sisters of the Span

2013 - Meet some of the women who are building the historic East span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. (Reported by Lisa Vorderbrueggen; Prod. by Karl Mondon for the Contra Costa Times.) (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Women at the WTP

2013 - The Waste Treatment Plant at Hanford, Washington has been created to eliminate the environmental threat posed by 56 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste currently stored at the 2013 - Hanford Site. And women are there doing important work. Meet some of the tradeswomen — iron workers, laborers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers who are leading work at the WTP. (Produced by Bechtel for the 2013 Women Building California & the Nation conference.) Runtime 3:01. (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Women at work on Construction projects, from all over the country.

2012 - Produced by Melina Harris, President of Sisters in the Building Trades, for the Women Building California and the Nation conference in Oakland on April 30-May 1, 2011. This short video features pictures women at work from around the country (and world?) This video is done to the tune of We Are Family -- but because the song is copyrighted,the audio has been replaced. Hey, it's a new fun song! Runtime 3:02 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Women electricians who are proud to be union members (IBEW)

2012 - This short video was produced by the IBEW and features union members talking about being "sisters in solidarity." The video was shown at the Women Building California and the Nation conference in Oakalnd (April 30-May 1, 2011). Runtime 2:05 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Women iron workers at work

2012 - Produced by Michel Fraser, Showing Up; Showing Out is part of an upcoming PBS documentary entitled From Roses to Rivets, which will cover many aspects of women and work throughout US history. This short video is about women iron workers and was first shown at the Women Building California and the Nation conference held in Oakland, April 30-May 1, 2011. Runtime 3:01 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Women of Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 (2013)

2013 - Women of Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 are taking leadership — in their union and on the job. This video, produced by Nancy Donaldson, highlights some of their accomplishments. Runtime 3:01 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Women of Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 (2012)

2012 - Meet the women of Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 (Northern California) in this short video produced by Nancy Donaldson. (This video premiered at the Women Building California and the Nation conference, April 30-May 1, 2011, Oakland, CA) Runtime 3:57 (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Women plumbers and steamfitters at work.

2012 - Produced by Dawn Jones from Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., this video tells the story of a few women who go into being plumbers and steamfitters-what it takes, what the benefits are and why they love the work. Shown at the Women Building California and the Nation Conference (4/30-5/1/2011, Oakland). Runtime 3:46. For more videos from Dawn and OTI, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/tradeswomen# (Read More)

Tradeswomen Stories - Zizah the Brickie

2012 - Meet Zizah, a bricklayer from Wisconsin who loves to show off her work! This was filmed by Vivian Price at the 2012 Women Building California and the Nation conference and shows how easy it is to "tell our stories" on camera. Runtime 3:01 (Read More)

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