Lessons From a Female Union Electrician

Thursday, May 09, 2013

All this week we've been speaking to powerful women working in fields that are dominated by men, but work-life struggles aren't limited to white collar, managerial roles. They are universal and exist in all classes, races, and professions.

Rochelle James is a proud union electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3. She is a single mom whose challenges to make life and career go smoothly sound a lot like the challenges of bank president Karen Peetz or senior tech executive Padmasree Warrior or journalist Judy Woodruff. For Rochelle James, white collar or blue collar, the lessons and the tough wisdom are all the same.


Rochelle James

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Megan Quellhorst

Comments [3]

Janna from Miami

I am a female electrician in bestelectriciansmiami and what can I say there is no men in a tough women like us!

Nov. 14 2013 09:49 PM
Debra Preston

I have been a Local 17 member for 24 yrs. I also was a singe parent of 4 kids to raise. I became a Journey Lineman. Working in a mans world made me even stronger in more ways tha one. I love my job and would not change a thing

May. 23 2013 11:34 AM

On one hand this is an important issue to talk about. On the other hand it is almost always brought up in a backhanded way. Only women are asked about their regrets about trying to make it in a man's world and "learning their lessons" about going where they don't belong

May. 10 2013 10:11 AM

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