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The date for the 2020 Trades Fair has been moved to Wednesday, September 30.
All other details are the same. 
All current exhibitor and school registrations will be rolled over to the September date. If exhibitors need to cancel, we truly understand and will issue refunds upon request. If exhibitors who need to cancel would prefer to donate their 2020 fees, (even though they cannot attend) we would be especially grateful.
We look forward to seeing you in the fall.
To all of our colleagues, friends and family, STAY HEALTHY!  We care about you.  
For COVID-19 information, follow this link to King County's Health Insider.


Special Thanks to everyone 
at Seattle Center




For the last 41 years, Washington Women in Trades has created a place where over 1,000 people gather; 
some teach, some learn, some recruit, some apply for jobs, some are hired!

Exhibitors!
Exhibitors include apprenticeship programs, governmental agencies, colleges, vocational training and corporations. 
Among many others, past participants have included King County, Vigor Industrial., Hammer & Hand, the Boeing Company, and the Seattle Fire Department. 
Training programs include apprenticeships with the Sprinkler Fitters, Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Pipefitters and Electricians. 
There were over 100 exhibitors in 2019.

Some of the exhibits are outdoors. There's the inimitable Seattle City Light climbing pole, Seattle DOT's shovel test and King County Facilities' build project. 
Each provides a hands-on dynamic experience while learning about opportunities in the construction trades.

Last year, we added a new activity which became a runaway success, the outdoor Tradeswomen Demos. In a centrally placed tent, training programs present hour-long showcases of their work. 
2019 showcasing contributors included Local 242 Laborers, Seattle Area Pipe Trades Apprenticeship, Western Washington Sheet Metal, and Local 528 Cement Masons/Plasters. 

We encourage exhibitors to create interactive and enticing displays. Not only does it make learning more fun, it gives attendees an inside look at the craft. 
Also, the most creative exhibitors win a "best of" ribbon at the end of the day.

Exhibitors Register HERE

Schools!
Schools from all over the region attend. Middle & High School aged students are introduced to the high paying, spirit empowering positions in the skilled trades. 

Schools are not required to register, but it helps us track our attendees.  Thanks!

Schools/Organizations Register HERE
Need a flyer?  Download below.

Work Ready Women!
Work ready women (and men) attend to explore options, too. Sometimes, a match is made on the spot. 
The exhibitor walks away with a new enthusiastic hire and the woman walks away with a living wage job. 

Questions? Contact us here


2019 Exhibitor Ribbon Winners

Indoor
1st Place: Western Washington Sheet Metal
2nd Place: Seattle Area Pipe Fitters
3rd Place: The Boeing Company

Outdoor
1st Place: Vigor Industrial
2nd Place: Seattle Public Utilities
3rd Place: Seattle Parks & Recreation

Special Award:  
Che Arsenault, the woman who inspired the  2019 Poster Concept


Some History
40 years ago, a group of women newly working in skilled trades gathered together for  support and comraderie. Solidarity was important--they were a minority in the workplace and the issues of harassment, pay inequality, improperly fitting work clothing (PPE) and a variety of other frustrating obstacles were everyday occurrences. As the group evolved, they realized that one way to influence change was to encourage more women to venture into trades occupations. (safety in numbers...) That's when the fair was born.
 
The first Women in Trades Fair was held on Saturday, November 10, 1979 at the Seattle Labor Temple on First Avenue in downtown Seattle. It featured workshops with topics such as How to Enter the Trades, Overcoming Math Anxiety, Affirmative Action - Racism & Sexism on the Job, and How to Survive in the Trades. There were booths & demonstrations that showcased carpentry, electrical, firefighting, appliance repair, forklift driving and more. It was interpreted for the deaf and child care was provided. The event was produced by Mechanica & the University YWCA with support from, to name a few, the King County Women's Program, Operating Engineers Local 302, The Seattle Office of Women's Rights, the DOL Women's Bureau, National Electrical Contractor's Association and more. It was an ambitious undertaking and an inspiration to everyone who attended. 
 
So. It's 2020 and forty Trade Fairs have come and gone. Every current tradeswoman, at some time in her career, experiences the same struggles as did those women in 1979. The percentage of women working in skilled trades remains dismal and sometimes the glass ceiling seems to get thicker and thicker. But the modern tradeswoman pushes on like a dandelion growing through a sidewalk crack. One might wonder why we don't just throw up our hands and give up? The answer is simple:
We're Here To Work.



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Cindy Payne,
May 7, 2019, 11:08 AM
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Cindy Payne,
Mar 27, 2020, 2:44 PM