Tradeswomen, Inc. (TWI) is a non-profit organization established in 1979 for the support and advocacy of women in the trades, located in Oakland, California. TWI’s primary mission is to increase the number of women working in the building trades and to ensure that they can thrive in their construction careers. TWI concentrates on three key approaches to achieving this goal:
• Recruitment: Inform women and girls about building trades apprenticeships and other non-traditional blue-collar career opportunities, targeting women in low-income communities; • Retention: Provide support services needed to enable women to stay in the trades — especially mentoring, child care, support networks, and eliminating sexual harassment and discrimination; • Leadership Development: Provide women with the skills to advance on the job and in their unions; create tradeswomen forums to enact policy reforms that will enhance recruitment and retention.
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