TRANSFORMING PINK TO GREEN: MOVING WOMEN INTO JOBS IN THE GREEN ECONOMY. Wider Opportunities for Women works to: Promote intergenerational economic independence for women and famiilies
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Wider Opportunities for Women works to:
Our Technical Assistance addresses:
Traditional Jobs for Women
Non-Traditional Jobs for Women
Nontraditional occupations are those in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employed.
National stats: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2008.
Portland area stats: May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
Prompt awareness about the need for women to have access to jobs in the traditionally higher-paid, male-dominated blue collar careers. The quiz can also be used to build the understanding and commitment of workforce development professionals for gender equity.
Includes Myths and Facts worksheet, designed to raise awareness about commonly misunderstood stereotypes.
Clear next step for them to take.
Host a larger career fair/orientation
Five Key Actions to Recruit Women for a Diverse Workforce
“You have to think of yourself as one of the guys, while accepting that you may occasionally need to ask for help if you don’t have the physical strength to do something,” says Bush.
Four years ago Bush was anxious for a job that would provide more economic security for her family.
She read an article about a 12-week pre-apprenticeship training program offered by Chicago Women in Trades at the local community college. She signed up.
Through the program, Bush learned the skills she needed to apply and interview for jobs few women had held before her.
Ultimately she landed a position with the ironworker’s apprenticeship program—making her the first journey level woman ironworker in the local union’s history.
She credits her success in an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry to gaining confidence in her skills through the Chicago Women in Trades program and developing the toughness to overcome physical and mental barriers on the job.
Today Bush is using her skills to power the new green
economy — working on a wind farm outside of Chicago
preparing blades for wind towers
Case Study “A”
Before NEW: Leaves high school after the 10th grade, obtains GED
Has two children
Divorces, and because she was not financially secure, ex-husband gains custody of both daughters
After NEW: Accepted into plumbers’ apprenticeship program
Today: Working as a plumber earning $47.66/hour and facilitating workshops for NEW graduates
Case Study “B”
Before NEW: Joins Navy Reserves
After NEW: Accepted into operating engineers’ apprenticeship program
Today:Working as an operating engineer and as an instructor at the union hall
Technical Opportunities Program
You Can Do It!
a Woman’s Guide to
1) Be Strategic
2) Set Goals
3) Monitor Progress
4) Measure and Report Outcomes
What are the specific steps you will take?
What resources or support are necessary to make changes?
How will you measure impact?
Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97212
ANEW - Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women
Apprenticeship Opportunities Program
550 SW 7th Street, Suite B305 Renton WA 98057
NEW - Nontraditional Employment for Women
243 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Chicago Women in Trades
2444 W. 16th St., Ste. 3E
Chicago, IL 60609
312/942-1444 ext. 104
Hard Hatted Women
4415 Euclid Ave. Suite 301
Cleveland Ohio 44103
Toll Free Phone: 1.877.353.1114
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 930Washington, DC 20036Phone: 202-464-1596Fax: [email protected]
Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support Services
Main phone: 309-438-1952
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5911B
Normal, IL 61790