Only 3.5% of jobs in the trades are held by women. Judaline Cassidy, our guest on today’s show, is a tradeswoman on a mission to change this. As a young girl growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Judaline’s dream was to study law, but circumstances led her to become a plumber, and this was the best life choice she has ever made! Judaline’s goal of opening up male dominated industries to women is becoming a reality through her NPO, Tools and Tiaras, which aims to educate girls from a young age about the trades, and ensure that they know they also belong in that world. This inspirational woman has also founded, and been involved with, numerous other initiatives aimed at empowering women and girls, and in today’s episode we discuss the types of work these organizations are doing and the pride and joy that Judaline feels when she sees the progress that is being made. Judaline also highlights the important role of male allies, and explains why she believes that education around these topics needs to start from a very young age. You can love tools and tiaras at the same time; jobs don’t have genders.
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Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
As an executive in the transportation industry, darting from client meeting to trucking range required safety boots that met her style standards, and when she couldn’t find them anywhere, she created Juno Jones Shoes. Emily trained in shoemaking in Cuernavaca, Mexico and at the Brooklyn Shoe Space, and assembled a powerhouse team of designers, consultants, and industry experts to bring Juno Jones to life. Through Juno Jones Shoes, Emily is fulfilling her dream of not only providing women with safe, stylish footwear options for their jobs but of helping to normalize and empower women in traditionally male-dominated fields.
For more information go to junojonesshoes.com.
Judaline Cassidy is a feminist plumber, Tradeswomen activist, and public speaker. Her peculiarity not only lies in paths of her career but also in personality, as she is charming, kind-hearted, diligent, and compassionate. A native of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Judaline was amongst the first three women selected to learn to learn plumbing at the John Donaldson Technical Institute of Trinidad (now known as the University of Trinidad and Tobago). She has worked extensively for over two decades as a plumber and loves every bit of her craft. Judaline understands that not every woman desire to be a plumber, and for this reason, she has grown to be more attentive to her work, inspiring more women to become skilled professionals like her.
In her career years, she has earned numerous prestigious career highlights, such as becoming one of the first women to be accepted into Plumbers Local 371 Staten Island, NY, and the first woman elected to the Examining Board of Plumbers Local No. 1. Furthermore, she helped ushered in the first Women’s Committee within her Union and became the Committee’s first President. Judaline has also inspired several platforms to develop programs for women.
She founded “Lean In Women In Trades” to help tradeswomen share information and learn from each other. She even went ahead to start up a non-profit organization, “Tools & Tiaras Inc.” to expose, inspire, and mentor young girls and women about trades that are “non-traditional” for women. She serves on the board of the Monumental Women an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in New York City’s Central Park and as Advisory Board for the Women’s Building NYC.
Her endeavors have tremendously changed the lives of many especially women and even young girls. As a public speaker, her speaking engagements are tailored to help the world realize the essence of giving women and girls opportunities in every field. She has been featured as a speaker and earned numerous recognitions and awards. Most of all, she was recognized for her leadership and relentless efforts by prominent organizations such the Women Builders Council, as one of their 2018 Outstanding Women and is the recipient of the 92nd Street Y’s Extraordinary Women 2018 Rising Star Award, and the Regina V. Polk Women Labour Leadership 2019 Alumna of the Year.
Judaline is a proud member of Plumbers Local Union No. One NYC.
She is self-motivated and such willing to spread such energy to other women. With longevity in the plumbing field, she knows the pain, challenges, and difficulties that come with women working in male-dominated fields. Judaline is willing to help women overcome such fears, transforming them into epitomes of vitality for tradeswomen all over the world.