Our winner: Madi Moriarty
Madi is an apprentice carpenter who, after seeing some incredible women in cabinet making factory, took the leap! She absolutely adores her job and envisions a world where women in trades aren’t an anomaly, that they are just accepted as equal contributors. She is incredibly passionate about spreading the word about women in trades in every way she can. By normalising her role, Madi hopes she can make the path for other women in trades just that little bit easier.
“When I entered the Australia’s Proudest Woman in Trades competition, I really wanted to show my passion for recognising the talents of women in trades,” she says. “I want the next generation of trades people to see these talents as equal to those of men, so women don’t have to constantly fight for their job. When I saw that I had won, it only made me more excited to keep empowering women in trades.”
Like most women in trades, Madi has had challenges being taken seriously in her role. “My biggest challenge at the moment is turning up to a client’s house to do work for them and getting questions like, “Are you sure you can work on the roof?” “Can my husband help you?” In some cases, clients will call my boss and express that they don’t want a female working for them. I can’t remember the last time I went a whole day without hearing one of these things. It’s frustrating and repetitive but I’m encouraged when I see a client change their assumptions once I’ve completed the work with them.”
As far as her presence on Instagram goes, Madi wants to use her platform to share her experience and normalise woman on the tools. “I hope through Instagram, women can feel comfortable talking to me about their trade and asking for advice,” she tells us.
Speaking of advice, Madi has some for other women interested in getting into trades. “Just start! Be aware that there are challenges, but they make the job so much more rewarding. You may be doubted sometimes, but when you excel and love your job, you’re already a step ahead of most people!”
You heard it here first, dive right in and get paid to do a job you love – you can’t ask for much more than that!