Hard Hatted Women began in 1979 when three women, a telephone repair technician, a steelworker and a truck driver, formed a support group for tradeswomen. Since then the organization has worked to offer support for women in and seeking non-traditional jobs.
Hard Hatted Women assists women in obtaining a variety of blue collar jobs. There are union apprenticeships in the building and manufacturing trades. There are union and nonunion jobs in manufacturing. They have also assisted women in getting into road construction jobs in the skilled trades.
There are many more opportunities for women in good paying nontraditional jobs with benefits. The U.S. Post Office, Police Department, and Firefighters are all careers that are looking to recruit women. All of the careers mentioned above require different skills and have different entry requirements.
Hard Hatted Women starts teaching kids - girls and boys - in kindergarten up through the 12th grade. The average age for their Pre Apprenticeship Training (PAT) program is 34 years of age.