Saturday, March 9, 7pm
Book launch with author Ellie Belew and tradeswoman Megan Cornish
Washington State Labor Council Bldg.
321 16th Ave. S., Seattle
Local labor historian Ellie Belew presents her latest book, "High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light," the story of ten women who entered the utility’s male-dominated electrical trades beginning in the 1970s. Belew is joined by pioneer tradeswoman Megan Cornish, who was one of the path-breakers at City Light. Cosponsors Radical Women, Labor Archives of Washington, Seattle Silence Breakers, Washington Women in Trades. Free. No-Host Bar. Refreshments $5-$10 donation. Information: 206-722-6057, RWseattle@mindspring.com
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, March 16, 2pm
Book launch featuring tradeswoman Megan Cornish
Bird & Beckett Books
653 Chenery Street, San Francisco
A Women’s History Month salute to “High Voltage Women.” We proudly announce Red Letter Press Books' publication of labor historian Ellie Belew's latest book, “High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light,” the story of ten women who entered the utility’s male-dominated electrical trades beginning in the 1970s.
Megan Cornish, the pioneer tradeswoman who was one of the path-breakers at City Light, will present on her firsthand involvement with this immensely inspiring true story.
Sponsored by: National Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party
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Red Letter Press
Bird & Beckett Books
Sunday, March 17, 3pm
Book event featuring Ellie Belew
Community historian, novelist and High Voltage Women author Ellie Belew speaks at her hometown library.
Roslyn Public Library
201 S 1st St, Roslyn, WA
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, March 22, 7pm
Book launch featuring Megan Cornish—Electrical Tradeswoman.
Pioneer utility electrician will discuss her experiences as one of the pathbreakers profiled in High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light by Ellie Belew. This new history tells the story of women’s fight to gain entry into the male, largely white, electrical trades at Seattle’s public utility.
Free. Light dinner served at 6pm.
AFSCME Council 36 Building, 514 Shatto Place, Second Floor, Los Angeles, 90020.
Sponsored by: AFSCME Librarians’ Guild Local 2626, AFSCME Retirees Chapter 36, Freedom Socialist Party, and National Radical Women.
Information: 323-732-6416, email@example.com, www.RedLetterPress.org
New York City, NY
Tuesday, April 2, 5-7:30pm
Book launch featuring groundbreaking electrical tradeswomen Megan Cornish
The Worker Institute at Cornell, 570 Lexington Ave., 12th floor, New York, 10022
The pioneer utility electrician will discuss her experiences as one of the path-breakers profiled in High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light by Ellie Belew. This new history tells the story of women’s fight to gain entry into the male, largely white, electrical trades at Seattle’s public utility.
Free. Light refreshments available.
Hosted by: Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party
Information: 212-222-0633, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.RedLetterPress.org
“In the beginning, ten brave and daring women met with relentless resistance and overwhelming challenges that tested their minds and their bodies but never broke their spirit. This amazing story gives hope and inspiration to women in every workplace.”
Louis R. Walter, Business Manager/Financial Secretary, IBEW Local #77
“This is more than a story about the past; it’s the present and future. Every generation is called to carry the torch of justice for the next generation, often not by choice but by circumstances. The ETTs passed the torch to me and, through this book, I pass it to you!”
Nettie Dokes, first Black woman journey-level lineworker in the U.S.
“Bravo for this vital account of women and people of color struggling to break into the trades, and of their continuing struggle for fairness and justice.”
Michael Honey, Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies Emeritus, University of Washington
“As an apprentice, I faced adversity. Tradeswoman Heidi Durham courageously backed me up when others wanted to see me fail. Now I am a voice of encouragement to women and people of color entering the trades.”
Jeff Johnson, African American electrician constructor crew chief at Seattle City Light
“I am thankful for the women who blazed the way for others, especially a single mom like myself, to have a chance at a decent education and finances to raise my family.”
Suzette Shreffler, first Native American woman to complete City Light’s laborer apprenticeship; advanced to journey-level electrician constructor
"Ellie Belew ably traces a complex story into an accessibly written, detailed narrative. She deftly weaves the threads of the ETT tradeswomen, national and state affirmative action law, city policy, and on-the-ground demands by the activists.”
Conor Casey, Archivist, Labor Archives of Washington