Women in Construction & Engineering.
What can you see, it's not a trick question..but what you can see represents only 9% of the workforce in Construction & Engineering.
The drive to get women to think about careers slowly moves forwards, and with any minoritys the ones that do excel are carrying the banner for both their their sex and their employers.
As an industrial, engineering & construction photographer shooting almost exclusively on location the majority of people I come into contact with on site are men..but things are changing and for the better.
I now see a more diverse workforce across the worksite, skilled construction & engineering professional women developing skills and knowledge to build a long and rewarding career.
As a dad with 2 daughters and a son, we will see them all in the next 3-7 years complete the education phase and be in the workplace, No.1 daughter is at university studying for a degree in Mental Health Nursing (admiration knows no limits), N0.2 daughter is doing 'A' levels at college and is thinking of Midwifery, No.1 son is still in high school with an eye on a science of some sort.
As an industrial photographer dad who comes home and enthuses about some of the incredible engineering and places I photograph you would think that at least some of the positive messages would have subliminally sunk in, but no-never at any time did any of them consider a career in construction or engineering.
I know it's not for everyone but the conversation just never happened, it leads me to think that we need to 'get them early' and employers know this, investing in school partnership programs, site visits and sponsorships to promote as attractive to both male and female entry to the industry.
All I see is skilled professionals be they men or women.