Rosie the Riveter High School!

Rosie the RiveterThis is too awesome. Rosie the Riveter High School in California has been founded to help young women train for careers in the trades, like plumbing, welding, being electricians and carpenters.
A founder of the school, Lynn Shaw, also heads the board of directors for Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles. Shaw, a former steelworker and longshoreman, told the LA Times that the school is “about trying to change the way society looks at women.”
We just feel that women should have an equal opportunity…For me, it was all about the money. Women in nontraditional jobs earn 20% to 40% more than women in what are considered ‘traditional’ women’s jobs. That’s $1 million over a lifetime.
If you’re interested in learning more about nontraditional jobs for women, check out Tradeswomen Now and Tomorrow (TNT) and Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW).
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Via Broadsheet.

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  • Lamour

    That’s cool! :)
    (You’d think they could name the school after a ‘real-life’ female success story in the field, though.)

  • ScottRock

    Cool stuff! I wonder, though, whether or not the gendered wage gap passes over to these ‘nontraditional’ jobs. And if so, to what degree–is it better or worse than in traditionally female job niches?

  • Ellen Marie-Frances

    fuck yeah! i put this link on my facebook and now i am wishing that i was still high school age so i could attend. next stop Betty the Badass College: For women who want to be total badasses

  • Jeffrey

    Just out of curiousity, what is the definition of “traditional” women’s jobs versus “non-traditional”? I’d be interested in seeing the data that proves the “20%-40%” higher fact . . . an ENORMOUS range by the way. I’m not saying I don’t think its true, I would just like to see what constitutes a “traditional” or “non-traditional” job.

  • Tabs

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

  • ekpe

    interesting stat

  • geeky_girl

    Agree with ScottRock, will electrician work and plumbing be “women’s jobs” in another 20 years, and thus undervalued?
    (Anecdotally, from an Aunt of mine) computer programming – not heavy theory, just coding – was one field that went the other way, from women at tiny desks to the 10-15% female CS graduates today.

  • daveNYC

    “The U.S. Department of Labor defines nontraditional occupations as those in which women comprise less than 25 percent of the total workers. This category includes a vast range of jobs.”
    A second source ( lists the following as traditional (% female in the high 90s).
    Dental hygienists
    Preschool and kindergarten teachers
    Secretaries and administrative assistants
    Dental assistants
    Speech-language pathologists
    Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
    Child care workers
    Hairdressers, hair stylists and cosmetologists
    Receptionists and information clerks
    Payroll and timekeeping clerks

  • Toongrrl

    It’s awesome!!!! Maybe there would be schools named after these women: Susan J. Douglas, Trina Robbins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tracey Ullman, Jane Fonda, Rachel Maddow, Hillary Clinton, Dolores Huerta, and Aretha Franklin.
    That would be so awesome!!! Though high school will always suck.


    Well, in the building trades – at least in the unionized segment of the industry – women make the same wages that men do.
    But, there is a LOT of sexual harassment in the building trades, and a lot of institutionalized gender discrimination (to give the crudest example, there are many jobsites that do not have bathroom facilities for women)
    The harassment and discrimination are so severe and systematic that many women who enter the trades as apprentices leave before the 4 or 5 years it takes to complete their training and become journeywomen.
    So there’s still sex discrimination, it just takes a different form.

  • bifemmefatale

    Um, Rosie *was* a real-life success story in a non-traditional career. Her name was Rose Will Monroe.