Women In Construction

The fact that we need more women in many industries and sectors is a reality that we cannot deny. There are no secular domains forbidden to them anymore, but women are still not encouraged to consider all the options they have. This trend can only be changed by changing the education and providing enough role-models to follow.

Although a traditionally masculine industry, big Denver construction companies offer career opportunities that are suitable for men and women alike and there are some visible progresses in the last years: women will be a quarter of the workforce in this industry, by 2020 and wages are rising for them.

The history also offers some role-models that we should probably talk about more.

Let`s just think about Lilian Gilbreth, one of the first women engineers and who became, in 1926, the first memberĀ  of the Society of Mechanical Engineers. She wrote many books, but has been forced by publishers to sign them as co-author, together with her husband, because, as a woman, she was not credible enough, at that time (she used to have a Ph.D, while her husband did not even attend college).

Another woman who succeeded in constructions in a time when nobody thought that women are made for this job is Emily Roebling, whose name is related to Brooklyn Bridge. She worked on its completion after her husband got sick and could not continue the job anymore. Emily did great in project management as well as day-to-day supervising, like a real Chief Engineer, although this title remained attached to her husband.