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PO Box 24972  *  Seattle, WA  98124-0972

We Educate, Promote and Celebrate.
We Facilitate Access for Women in the Skilled Trades.

Who We Are
The Washington Women in Trades Association was founded in 1978 by and
for women working in the trades to gather and share information.

What We Do
Washington Women in Trades work matters, 
not just to the individual women, but to our whole community.

Washington Women in Trades (WWIT) is a community based, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization
whose mission is to improve women's economic equity and self-sufficiency through access and
success in high-wage, high-skilled careers in the construction, manufacturing and transportation sector.
This all-volunteer organization has established itself as a group of industry experts who 
facilitate connections between the working woman, the ‘wanting-to-be-working’ woman,
prospective employers and government agencies.  We have educated students about women in non-traditional
trades through attendance at school career days, participation in community events and conferences.
We have encouraged networking, established scholarships and counseled women
through difficult work issues. Through hard work and partnership, we have had much success.
While we enjoy celebrating that success, we have much more to do toward helping women both attain
and retain high-wage, high-skilled careers.
Unfortunately, the percentage of women in the construction trades is still dismal,
and the need for trained workers is becoming nearly epidemic.
We continue to strive toward equal opportunity and a strong community infrastructure.

Our most publicly visible project is the Washington Women In Trades Career Fair
held every spring at Seattle Center. Essentially an educational tool to introduce young women
and the general public to the trades, the event hosts over 80 exhibitors and has
an attendance of approximately 1,000 students and work-ready women. The fair features
apprenticeship and resource information, hands-on demonstrations, workshops and career opportunities.
The fair was recently dubbed “The Super Bowl of Northwest Career Fairs”!

In 2007, we created a second major event, the Annual Dream Big Dinner©, an awards banquet
and all round celebration of Tradeswomen.

Executive Board
Robin Murphy, Co-Chair
Jo Scherer, Co-Chair
Nettie Dokes, Treasurer
Alice Lockridge, Outreach
Cathie Jett, Herstorian
Sharon Walker, Member at Large
Cynthia Payne, Project Manager

Other events and activities of note... 

WWIT has been proud to partner with the University of Washington on a study with a focus on women's health and safety in construction. The study is completed.
 The second part of the project will be to create ways to address issues, particularly with a mentorship program. More info here.

WWIT members work to help the homeless find permanent housing through their involvement with the Women4Women Tiny House Project  

In an effort to support female apprentices and others who are new to the skilled
trades occupations, WWIT has created a women’s work clothes clearinghouse called “Rosie’s Closet”.
It’s a way for anyone (men or women) interested in donating lightly used work clothing
to be used by someone interested in walking in a similar career path. 

We offer occasional seminars, we are available for speaking engagements and mentorship and meet reguarly for business meetings.

And as always, we continue to honor and support the legacy of our foremothers, the legendary WWII Rosie the Riveters.