HHW Ohio is committed to helping women pursue careers in high-demand, high-wage professions as a pathway to economic security, and making Ohio more economically competitive.

An Economically Competitive Ohio

Supported by a statewide community of women discovering, entering and excelling in an array of high-wage, high-demand jobs that provide meaningful economic security

About Us

Hard Hatted Women (HHW Ohio) was founded in 1979 as a support group for tradeswomen. Since its founding, HHW has been helping women achieve
economic empowerment through wider employment opportunities in technical and STEM occupations. Since our founding over 90% of the women
HHW Ohio has served have been low-income. Approximately 47% were African American, 48% were Caucasian, and 5% were Hispanic or other
nationality. A majority of women who come to HHW Ohio for career preparation are single mothers who have struggled to get by working in
low-wage, dead-end jobs. Having the support to enter and succeed in a career where they earn a good wage, while continuing to learn and advance,
is a life-changing event. Our mission is motivated by the belief, supported by over three decades of experience, that nontraditional employment can
move – and keep – women and families out of poverty.




Want to Support HHW?

HHW is always looking for energetic volunteers, more resources and great ideas to support our mission.