When she tried to join the local plumbers’ union in 1994, Judaline Cassidy said, she was told to “go home and do the dishes.” She persisted. Cassidy went on to become the first woman elected to the Examining Board of Plumbers Local 1 of New York City.
Cassidy, a tradeswoman and the founder and director of “Tools and Tiaras,” talked about that experience, her career, and forging a path for women in the plumbing industry at a Women in Energy event in New York City. Tools & Tiaras, an organization based in New York City, encourages girls to pursue careers in the mechanical, industrial, technical, trades. Cassidy also talked about how she is helping ambitious and determined women and girls by introducing them to the construction field through monthly workshops and a summer camp.
The event was held Aug. 14 at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, a New York City landmark founded in 1785. The society supports New York City’s oldest technical school and second oldest library. After the American Revolution, skilled tradesmen formed the General Society to rebuild the city. Today, this 233-year-old organization continues to serve and improve the quality of life of the people of the City of New York through its educational, philanthropic, and cultural programs.
Erin Holohan Haskell, vice president of Women in Energy, president of HeatingHelp.com, and a member of the General Society, said, “This was a fitting location for the evening’s event, as Women in Energy’s mission is to connect and empower women in our industry through education and networking opportunities.”
The event was sponsored by The New York Oil Heating Association, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, The Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey, and Primedia.
PICTURED, FROM LEFT: Erin Holohan Haskell, vice president of Women in Energy; Judaline Cassidy, a tradeswoman and a founder and the director of Tools & Tiaras; Judy Garber, executive director of Women in Energy; and Roberta Fagan, executive director, Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island. Photo credit: John Cataneo.