Women in Roofing

The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers is committed to increasing the number of women in our trade. Recruitment and retention of women in the roofing and waterproofing trade is vital to our union. Construction contractor affirmative action requirements increasingly require a larger share of women in our craft. More importantly, it is time to advance women’s opportunities in the trades.

Just 3% of the construction industry’s skilled workforce is female. Our society’s conception of gender roles is changing, but slowly with regard to construction occupations.

The good news is that women are becoming apprentices and journeyman roofers and waterproofers at a higher rate today than ever before. They are excelling in the craft in every way and are finding fulfilling careers in the Roofers Union.

In you are a woman interested in joining our union, contact the local union in your area or submit an online form here.

For more information on what it means to be a woman in a nontraditional trade, visit Chicago Women in Trades or Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

Women Build Nations conference

A small group of union tradeswomen in California started meeting annually in 2002, and from those meetings has evolved the largest tradeswomen conference in the country - Women Build Nations.

At the 2016 Women Build Nations conference in Chicago--the first time ever outside of California--over 1,500 tradeswomen and supporters showed up. In 2017, this number rose to over 2,000.

The conference lasts three days and features workshops, speakers, trade caucuses, social gatherings and even political rallies.
This year’s event is being held in Seattle, WA, on October 12 – 14.

Roofers International President Kinsey Robinson personally encourages all women in the Roofers Union to attend this conference. The International Office will sponsor the registration fees for up to two (2) women member attendees per local union.

For updates on the 2018 Women Build Nations conference in Seattle, visit womenbuildnations.org.
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