Go Home and Do Dishes, Judaline Cassidy
One man rejected Judaline Cassidy’s application for the plumbers’ union but another fought to get her in.
- After working a year, and they see that you're really good at plumbing they send you down to get into the union. So they sent me, myself and a whole bunch of guys. So we go down to the union, all the guys are accepted. So then the guy sees me and he says, the f-word "Are you f'in kidding me? You better go home and do dishes. What are you doing here?" Basically I was a woman. And there was no possibility back then of them seeing somebody 4 foot 11 and 7/8 like me doing plumbing. And I didn't get in. I kept on working, I go to work every single day. Finally I was working with this guy called Brian Tutora and he says, "You have to get into the union. I will get you in." And he spoke to the business manager at that time, and said that "This girl is really a good worker and we should let her in." And he said, "Okay." And I finally was able to get in because of an ally, a man lean in and help me. It's very important to have an ally in a male-dominated field.