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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 tradeswomen to gather and share information.

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 encourage networking, establish scholarships and counsel 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.


Maya Archamboult

2012 Tradeswoman of the Year, 

Wildland Firefighter, US Park Service

& US Forest Service

What We Do

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

Our most publicly visible project is the Trades 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 100 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 has been 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.

The newest WWIT project is our middle school aged girl summer camp, Steel Toe Teens! We're so excited about this one--it's been a dream for a long long time.  In our ingaujgural year of 2023, we hosted 20 girls over three fun days in July. Campers learned the basics of carpentry, masonry, pipe trades, sheet metal and electricity.

Other events and activities of note... 


SHEWT Study 2016

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


Rosie's Closet

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. 


Rosie Legacy

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

Executive Board

Robin Murphy, Co-Chair

Marilyn Kennedy, Co-Chair

Ruth Harmony, Treasurer

Alice Lockridge, Outreach Coordinator

Sharon Walker, Member at Large

Jo Scherer, Core Member

Nettie Dokes, Core Member

Guy Astley, Core Member

Lisa Marx, Core Member

Jamie Beethe, Core Member

Andrea Ornelas, Core Member

DeeDee Wheeler, Core Member

Vanessa Carman, Core Member

Cynthia Payne, Project Manager

Washington Women in Trades is a 501c3 organization.  

EIN #:  91-1951301

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