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“High Voltage Women” Book Launch

March 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Women’s History Month salute to “High Voltage Women.” Local labor historian Ellie Belew will present 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 pathbreakers at City Light. Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7:00pm. Washington State Labor Council Building, 321 16th Ave. S., Seattle. Free. No-Host Bar. Refreshments $5-10. 206-722-6057,


A compelling account of pioneering electrical tradeswomen whose fight for affirmative action and against job harassment changed their workplace, their union, and their city. Radical Women is incredibly proud of the role played by our founder Clara Fraser and other members in an effort that began in the 1970s and continues today. The book shows how tradeswomen built alliances with men of color, white male union members and office staff to change the culture of management abuse and life-threatening sexism and racism at Seattle City Light.

“This amazing story gives hope and inspiration to women in every workplace.” — Louis Walter, Business Manager, IBEW Local #77

Meet author Ellie Belew and City Light groundbreaker Megan Cornish

No-Host Bar – Refreshments $5-10 donation

Washington State Labor Council Building
321 16th Ave. S., Seattle

Sponsored by: Radical Women, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Labor Archives of Washington, Seattle Silence Breakers, Washington Women in Trades

Event information: 206-722-6057,

High Voltage Women is published by
Red Letter Press
$20.00 – 224 pages – photos, index, notes
Books go on sale March 1
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March 9, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Washington State Labor Council
321 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98119 United States
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