Women's History, Women in Nontraditional Careers, NTO, Nontraditional Occupations, Labor History



Awards and Testimonials


Write Women Back Into History Award from the National Women’s History Project

Barb Landers Equity Award from the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education

Best Videos for Young Adults Award from the American Library Association


"We show the Her Own Words: Women in Nontraditional Careers DVDs during our Career Fests.  The DVDs are very easy to use and the pictures really get attention." 

-- Larry Lee, Dean of Business, Professional, & Technical Education, Del Mar College, Texas

“Research indicates that access to role models is one of the most effective strategies for expanding women’s consideration of nontraditional careers. The videos and posters developed by Her Own Words provides a great media vehicle for bringing these role models into your classroom. Even better are the resource guides that can help you use these materials most effectively with your students. These materials are on my highlighted resources list whenever I conduct training with teachers on how to increase the participation and completion of women in nontraditional career preparation programs.”

Mimi Lufkin, CEO, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

“We are very impressed with the quality and content of the material highlighting women in nontraditional careers.”

Pamela Ayers, Program Analyst, US Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau

Encouraging women to consider nontraditional careers can be very challenging, but when there are excellent DVD resources like Her Own Words, women can SEE and HEAR for themselves the benefits of pursuing such occupations. The fact that these are real women working in nontraditional careers gives a significant advantage to those viewing by providing an inside look into the field. It is almost like doing an informational interview from the comfort of your own home or computer!”

April McHugh, Career Counselor and Career Developmennt Facilitator & Instructor, LPC, NCC

“My library owns a copy of Jocelyn Riley’s excellent series on women in non-traditional careers—Women in Engineering, Women in Welding, etc. ”

– Laura Staley, Media Librarian, Renton Technical College Library