It’s no surprise that the auto glass industry is predominately men, but more recently women have been making their presence known in too. In fact, there are several programs designed specifically for women, #WomenRockRepair and Women in the Trades, are two programs that have women at the forefront.
#WomenRockRepair was created by Shiloh Spoo, GlasWeld president. The idea came from two auto glass shop owners who noticed women were underrepresented at last year’s Auto Glass Week awards ceremony.
“I approached Shiloh with Suzanne Allan to create a group that highlights women. Shiloh took the idea and ran with it,” Alicia Maples, co-owner of Fix-A-Crack Windshield Repair & Replacement, says.
In just a few months the once small idea ballooned into a movement. According to Spoo, the group is for women who are both entering the industry and also for those who have been in it for years.
#WomenRockRepair isn’t just a mentorship group, it’s a sponsorship program too, and it takes care of Windshield Repair Competition entry fees and provides training opportunities from experts in the field. “It’s a huge game changer for women and it’s blowing up the auto glass industry,” says Suzanne Allan, owner of Suzanne’s Windshield Repair said.
Neighborly (formerly the Dwyer Group)’s Women in the Trades scholarship program has been on the move for nearly a decade. This program’s goal is to provide a scholarship for women who are interested in entering the industry. Currently the Women in the Trades program awards scholarships to five women every semester. It helps pay for materials, educational programs and other resources they need when gaining their education in the auto glass business.
“Women get the opportunity to shine with help from programs geared just for us,” Maples adds.
One woman shinned at this year’s Auto Glass Week. Suzanne Allan is the first woman to win the Windshield Repair Competition. After watching her husband compete and win she claims she didn’t see this coming and encourages other women to enter.
“It means a lot to me, I spent a lot of time preparing for this, my husband has been there supporting me and walking me through it,” Allan says.
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