There is a huge gap in our historial narrative about women in the trades and that is quickly changing as they are sarting to fill the void in skilled trades as many baby boomers retire out of industry.  While women are stepping into these roles they are still underrepresented.  We hope the new Iron Woman will pay tribute to the vast opportunities for women in industry.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), between 2017 and 2018, the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6 %, rising to well over a quarter of a million women (276,000), according to a recent analysis from IWPR. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) shows that women make up about 47 percent of the overall workforce but are still underrepresented in science and engineering occupations.  Only 14 percent of engineers are women.  Despite these increases, women still only represent 10% of the construction workforce.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, jobs in the skilled trades are expected to grow by at least 11 percent by 2026, while three out of every four tradespeople are set to retire.  This brings opportunity for women seeking employment in engineering, manufacturing and the skilled trades.

Shannon Hooper, our National Sales Manager, stated that the plumbing industry is full of women breaking barriers with their acitons.  We celebrate the women at AB&I that embody Rose’s character pushing through to achieve greatness, no matter the obstacles or tasks.  It is also a tribute to all the wonderful women working at AB&I.  They will receive a mask and a t-shirt. 

The Rosie the Riveter WWII museum is located in Richmond, CA. Due to Covid-19, they are not offering any tours right now.  Once it opens, make sure to take a tour.  It is full of history and the impact of women in the industry.