Construction worksites conjure up images of burly men sweating behind the wheels of even burlier equipment and throwing crude catcalls at every woman who’s unfortunate enough to walk by. This is an industry that’s been steadily buried behind a wall of stereotypes since its inception—and women are finally breaking through.
Encouraging the Interests of Female Students
When a little girl is handed a doll in place of the toy crane she really wanted, she’s being conditioned. Her interests are being discouraged, and she’s being taught to censor her career choices according to gender stereotypes. The construction industry loses out on her talent, and she loses out on a rewarding career.
This is why it’s so important to encourage these interests as soon as they’re communicated. Educators, parents, and role-models all have an important part to play in overcoming stereotypes and making the construction industry more accessible to women.
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