Women in Trades fair is first held at Seattle Center in May 1979.

  • By Priscilla Long
  • Posted 12/09/2000
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 2876

In May 1979, the first Women in Trades fair opens at Center House at Seattle Center. The fair celebrates and supports women in nontraditional careers such as electrician, construction worker, plumber, and printer. Lazelle Johnson leads in the organization of the fair. Johnson, an African American, is regional director of the United States Department of Labor's Women's Bureau.

Johnson organized a committee which in turn organized the first fair. The committee included representatives from the Seattle Office for Women's Rights, the King County Women's Program, the YWCA, and women's programs at community colleges and vocational-technical institutes.


Mildred Tanner Andrews, Woman's Place: A Guide to Seattle and King County History (Seattle: Gemil Press, 1994), 169.

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