Happy International Women’s Day. Today I am heading out to celebrate with a room full of inspiring women, who either work in construction or are closely related to it. 10 years ago these type of events didn’t exist for women in construction. We were an unrecognized segment of the industry. This most likely will be surprising, but I hope in 10 years time, they again wont exist.
International Women’s Day
I am a feminist, though it’s not something I say out aloud too often or at all. My personal brand of feminism isn’t for most, but I am comfortable with it. I have strong opinions on who I am, what I think and how I want my children to see women within the world. Some of what I do would not be support by many feminists I know, and that’s ok. Just as it’s ok for me to live within my own defined parameters.
I was brought up by a strong woman in a traditional home. I find that this has influenced my way of thinking. I was then guided by a strong feminist who shaped more of my thoughts. I was lucky to have them both.
I choose to work in a strongly male dominated field, which has been difficult at times though I enjoy the challenge of breaking through stereotypical thoughts. I’m pleased to say each day I see more and more opportunities for women in the industry, its a slow change, but it is happening.
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My wish however is different to most. I want us to get to the point where we are no longer talking about women in these rolls, where we are no longer having to have special awards just for women. That is because I feel when we truly have equality, there is no need to separate us from our male counterparts.
As much as I am a strong advocate, in fact an ambassador for female awards and groups, we don’t have the equivalent for men, and while I understand why that is (don’t send the hate mail yet!) there is a divide in equality on both sides of the fence.
My dream is for an industry without discrimination. I’d love to think that within 10 years we no longer need awards for women, as they are finally equals and have the same opportunities for celebration, as men.
I understand the irony of this wish, if it wasn’t for my Business Partner award, my career would not have been catapulted in the direction it has. I’d just like to see a time in my life, in which we are not talking about our differences, rather our similarities.
Happy International Women’s Day!