Resources for women and minorities

ANEW is a non-profit organization linking women to apprenticeships and livable wage jobs in construction trades, manufacturing, aerospace and utilities.

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) orginally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. NAWIC's core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. This national organization has chapters in the Puget Sound, Spokane, and several other locations.

National Association for Women in Masonry (NAWM) offers education, training, and networking to enhance the leadership skills of women in the building industry.

National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (National IWITTS).   This organization promotes integration of women into non-traditional occupations, offering a range of topical publications and products.

StartZone is an entrepreneurial resource center for immigrants, minorities, women and people of disability in Southwest King County.

El Centro de la Raza is a resource hub for the Hispanic community.

Professional Women in Construction is a nonprofit organization providing information on construction trends through seminars and networking events.

Sisters in the Building Trades provides information, resources an support for women seeking to enter and thrive in construction trade careers.

Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises.  The office works with state agencies and institutions, other government agencies and their private partners, individual business owners to certify eligible firms as minority business enterprises (MBE); women business enterprises (WBE), and/or social and economic disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE).

Washington State Labor and Industries - Women in Trades - These websites are directly related to women in the trades.

Washington Women in Need is a privately funded non-profit organization that provides funding for education and health care for women in need in Washington state.

Washington Women in Trades was founded in 1978 for women working in trades to gather and share information. The Association sponsors an annual trades fair, where employers can recruit women for trades work. The fair is also an outreach to girls and women, including students from schools statewide who may not be familiar with the high paying jobs available in trades careers.

Women in the Labor Force:  A Databook - Women Construction Owners and Executives promotes the growth of women owners and executives in the construction industry.

Why Green is Your Color:  A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career - This guide provides the information and resources needed to succeed in the green economy.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., (OTI) is dedicated to promoting success for women in the trades through education, leadership and mentorship. Founded in 1989 as a small support group led by four tradeswomen (an elevator constructor, two carpenters and an operating engineer), OTI was reorganized as Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, in 1999. OTI was founded on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency through pursuing careers in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trades while helping and encouraging the trades industry build up a diverse workforce.

Oregon Tradeswomen has started a blog that features entries from women working in the construction trades.  This blog will tell the stories, successes and challenges of women working in the highway construction trades in Oregon.   You can view the blog at