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.
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.

Instructor
This person has worked as an instructor for at least four years. She/he has played a positive role as a teacher, mentor and advocate for women’s success in skilled trades. Tell us about this person’s enriching effect on students and the community.

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

Congratulations


Tradeswoman of the Year  
Marci Solomon
Electrician, Tacoma Venues & Events

Lifetime Achievement 
Melinda Nichols
Carpenter, Low Income Housing Institute

Active Advocate
Karen Dove
Executive Director, ANEW/AOP


Union Activist
Lisa Marx
Outreach & Retention Specialist, NW Carpenter Institute
 

To Our 2018 Awardees!

Instructor
Steve Petermann
Program Manager, WA Dept of Corrections Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching

Josie Dunn Apprentice
Angela Ewen
Carpenter Apprentice

Peggy Cook Apprentice
Brittani Cain
Cement Mason Apprentice

Honorable Mention
Bob Abbott
Vice President & Regional Manager, Laborers International NW Region
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Cindy Payne,
Aug 27, 2018, 2:37 PM