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In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Victory Electric wants to take the opportunity to celebrate the women who have vital roles in powering our communities.

The fifteen women employed at Victory Electric have roles in accounting and payroll, member services and human resources, and communications. Four of these women are represented on Victory’s senior leadership team, serving the cooperative as the chief financial officer, vice president of corporate services, vice president of communications and executive administrative assistant. In addition, two women serve on the Victory Electric Board of Trustees.

All across the U.S., women serve in electrical cooperatives as CEOs and general managers, engineers, IT specialists, substation techs, staking techs, GIS coordinators and line workers. Their diverse skill sets and educational backgrounds as well as their strengths in leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and communication benefit the energy industry.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the energy sector continues to grow, encompassing 8.1 million jobs in 2022. Although women currently make up only 26% of the total energy-related workforce, the number of women working in the energy sector increased 7.8% in 2022.

The energy industry evolves rapidly and faces many challenges. The need for innovation in providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity will become even greater, and there are many career opportunities in this valuable, powerful industry.

On International Women’s Day, during Women’s History Month in March, and all year round, Victory Electric is proud to recognize the achievements and contributions of all women in the energy sector. We are also thankful for the important work done at Victory Electric by men, many of whom go out in all kinds of weather to resolve power outages. We hope more women and men will consider jobs in this critical industry.