Judaline Cassidy is a feminist plumber, an activist for tradeswomen, and a public speaker.
A native of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Judaline was among the first three women selected to learn plumbing at the John Donaldson Technical Institute of Trinidad, which is now known as the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Judaline has worked for over two decades as a plumber, and has earned numerous accolades, such as becoming one of the first women to be accepted into Plumbers Local 371 in Staten Island, NY. She was also the first woman to be elected to the Examining Board of Plumbers Local No. 1.
In addition to her accolades, Judaline has helped give back to her community and has helped support and cultivate women’s interests in skilled trades like plumbing. She founded “Lean In Women In Trades” to help tradeswomen share information and learn from each other, and founded “Tools & Tiaras Inc.”,a non-profit organization, to expose, inspire, and mentor young girls and women about trades that are “non-traditional” for women.
“When you hand a young girl a tool and a tiara,” Judaline says, “you’re handing her confidence, independence, and power.”
For more information on Judaline’s work, visit her website.