Stay Informed

News and information about issues that impact tradeswomen and ways you can influence polices and practices


Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit comments last year on the need for the U.S. Department of Labor to update Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action  regulations – you made tradeswomen voices heard!

U.S. DOL released the updated regulations in December 2017.  You can read more here.

Chicago Women in Trades and other members of the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues advocated long and hard with the U.S. Department of Labor to update the rules which had not been updated since 1978.  You can read the full comments submitted by CWIT and the Tradeswomen’s Task Force EEO NPRM Recommendations.


The updated rules are designed to help employers and apprenticeship sponsors access all of the nation’s talent – women, for example, make up nearly one-half of the American workforce, but only 6 percent of apprentices in all training programs and less than 4 percent in nontraditional apprenticeships such as construction.    Access, opportunity and equity in apprenticeship are critical in helping women and their families attain economic self-sufficiency.  An apprenticeship can mean the difference between living in poverty or living in the middle class. Often referred to as “the other 4-year degree”, apprenticeship offers valuable training and industry certifications, without the cost and debt of college tuition.  Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and the need for stronger equal employment opportunity regulations in apprenticeship and submitting your comments to the U.S. Department of Labor!


Learn more about what the new regulations say and how they impact our industry, registered apprenticeship and women here.

  Thank you! Remember – Tradeswomen Voices Matter!