“Jobs don’t have genders,” says New York City based plumber Judaline Cassidy. Cassidy has been plumbing for more than 20 years, and she’s received sexist comments and judgment for just as long. In a blog, she writes that every day, someone asks her if she is qualified to do the job.
Her answer? Hell yes, I’m qualified.
The question is hardly ever asked to her male counterparts, and Cassidy needs to prove her doubters wrong every day.
“Always having people doubt your capabilities and passion is hard. Knowing the opportunity for advancement isn’t as readily available to you is harder still. Then there’s this: if you push for it, you are talked about, called a ‘troublemaker,’” writes Cassidy in the blog.
According to the 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a measly 1.5% of plumbers, pipelayers, and pipefitters are women. Since 2017, Cassidy has been on a mission to recruit and inspire more women to become plumbers and/or join the trades. She founded her nonprofit, Tools & Tiaras, as a way to introduce young girls to construction work.
Tools & Tiaras offers summer camps, conferences, workshops and mentorships for young girls.
On her website, she says her vision is making these occupations more accessible and approachable for young girls. They do this by exposing and introducing young women to skilled trade jobs and helping them with hands-on projects. They teach lessons in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and more.
They’ve also teamed up with STEM groups to encourage young females to learn about topics and careers in that industry as well.
To learn more about Tools & Tiaras click here.
To donate to Tools & Tiaras click here.
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