Tradeswoman Awards
Our awards program recognizes, celebrates and validates the successes and challenges of working women, as well as students, advocates and workplace leaders. We honor our sisters and brotherw who have made (and are on their way to making) a piece of history in non traditional trades careers.

About our mission of inclusivity:
  • Awardees/nominees include a mix of people from various trades, organizations and agencies. 
  • Awardees/nominees include apprentices, journey level and retired people.
  • Awardees/nominees include a mix of races, genders and sexual identities.

The deadline for submitting nominations has passed.

Category Descriptions
Tradeswoman of the Year
This is a currently working tradesperson with at least four years experience. She has achieved a skill level respected by her peers, supervisors and the community, shows passion for her work and mutual respect for co-workers. Tell us about her achievements and contributions.

Lifetime Achievement
This is a pioneer, a woman who broke ground in her chosen profession.
Tell us about her role as a mentor and/or advocate for other women
in skilled trades careers, as well as her workplace accomplishments.

Active Advocate
This person has worked to further women’s roles in the skilled trades.
This category is extremely broad. Among others, she/he may be an elected official, a counselor, a supervisor or simply a supportive co-worker. Detail her/his efforts toward steering and inspiring women, as well as opening closed doors and implementing change in attitudes.

Union Activist
This is a tradeswoman currently active in her union and seen by her peers as an informed and dynamic member. What activities is she involved in? Elected status isn’t necessary, but please do include if applicable.

Workplace Leader
This person is a crew chief, foreman, supervisor or lead who demonstrates a continual commitment to supporting and sustaining women in the skilled trade workplace. What has this person done to show that commitment?

The Josie Dunn Apprentice Award
Josie Dunn was a WWII Rosie the Riveter who stayed on after the war and built a career at Boeing for over 40 years.  Because of her tenacity, she inspired many was was able to give her family and community a gentle step up. This award honors a woman currently enrolled in, or journeyed out of a verifiable Training/Apprenticeship Program over the last 12 months. She is fully committed to a career as a tradeswoman, and shows competency, potential and enthusiasm for a long, successful skilled trades career.

The Peggy Cook Apprentice Award
Peggy Cook is a WWII Rosie the Riveter and was a journey level painter for most of her working life. She was awarded the WWIT Pioneer Tradeswoman Award in 2002. Peggy's Award honors a woman currently enrolled in, or journeyed out of a verifiable Training/Apprenticeship Program over the last 12 months. She is fully committed to a career as a tradeswoman, and shows competency, potential and enthusiasm for a long, successful skilled trades career. She strongly exhibits the “We can do it!” spirit of the Rosies.

Honorable Mentions
Union • Employer • Organization
Project/Event • Community/Political Leader
This can be a Union, Employer, Organization, Project, Event,
Community or Political Leader. Our goal is to honor groups/projects/individuals who support, advocate and sustain women in the workplace.
How has this person or entity made innovations, broken barriers and improved the status of women in skilled trades?

Other Stuff
  • Tips for Nominators HERE
  • Previous Awardees HERE
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The 11th Annual
Dream Big Dinner

will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017
The goal of our awards program is to honor our sisters and brothers who have made (and are on their way to making) a piece of history in non traditional trades careers.
Dinner Reservations Here


Congratulations to our 2016 Awardees!


Tradeswoman of the Year
Saskia Brown, Carpenter Foreman, Sellen Construction
Lifetime Achievement
Lori Frey, Shipyard Production Superintendent, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Lee Newgent, Executive Secretary, Washington State Building Trades
Active Advocate
Leanne Guier, Political Director, United Association Local 32, Mayor of Pacific
Workplace Leader
Hope Honeywell, Assistant Product Line Manager, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Union Activist
Christina Daniels, Inside Wireman, JH Kelly, IBEW
Evelyn Shapiro, Director of Labor Compliance / Instructor at United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Tradeswoman of Tomorrow
Marquia Wooten, Forklift Operator Apprentice, 520 Bridge Project
Peggy Cook Apprentice Award
Ashley Jones, Heavy Mobile Electrician Apprentice, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Woman of Courage
Milissa Corrigan, Electrician, Seattle City Light
2016 Nominees
Nicole Akers, Angela Alexander, Catherine Anderson, Lindsey Brayton, Brittani Cain, Leigha Campbell, Kristine Cole, Jessica Corcell, Katy Dalzell, Amanda Douglass, Judith English,  Marilyn Kennedy, Christine Lewis, Trish McAllister, Evy McLane, Roxana Oroxco, Nicole Peone, Beverly Sandoval, Sharon Stukalo, Carol Tyler