Advancing Clean Energy

ComEd employee makes history

January 15, 2020

Savoya Taylor is breaking the glass ceiling with her hard hat.

She is the first woman overhead electrician specialist (OES) to work for ComEd.

“Just because it’s a male-dominated career, doesn’t mean a woman can’t succeed in it,” Taylor said. “As a woman in this industry, you have to be strong and prove that you deserve to be here too.”

A type of lineworker, an OES is a troubleshooter first responder who works on the transmission and distribution system alone.

“To become a lineworker you have to go through a seven-day program to make it to the next round,” she said. “I only made it to day four and ended up dropping out. I physically wasn’t ready.”

Hesitant to try again, she returned months later. This time, she finished the program.

“I’m a woman, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do hard work,” Taylor said. “Every day, I prove that I’m here for a reason.”

Becoming a lineworker wasn’t Taylor’s plan. After working as a ComEd meter reader, she was ready to expand her knowledge.

“I never saw myself doing this type of work, but I love it,” she said. “It’s a challenging job, and I learn something new every day.”

Taylor encourages women to challenge gender stereotypes. This includes her 18-year-old daughter who is training to become a lineworker.

“I’m training my daughter how to climb and become physically and mentally strong for this job,” Taylor said. “I’m proud of this accomplishment and proud to inspire others.”

Watch the video below to hear Savoya Taylor share her experience: