International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women while making strides toward equality. This IWD, we acknowledge that gender equality in the workplace is still not a reality. It’s a sad truth that women continue to face barriers to accessing equal opportunities in the working world across a wide swath of professions. This is especially true in male-dominated fields like construction, resource extraction, carpentry, and other skilled trades.
We believe that workers and employers alike benefit from inclusion and diversity at the workplace. Take a few minutes to read about the challenges to gender parity in the skilled trades, and the ways we can overcome them.
Men make up 90-95% of all skilled trade workers (e.g.: carpenters, electricians, cement masons, etc), in Canada. Many of these jobs are accompanied by higher wages than those skilled trades traditionally dominated by women (for example, florists, hairdressers, estheticians, etc.). It’s been assumed that this trend is simply due to differing interests and career choices made by women and men. But research shows that there are other barriers stopping women from enjoying the full benefit of less-traditional career choices, including all of the following:
We could all benefit from including more women in the skilled trades, but here are the three most essential reasons to push for gender equality in these industries:
SureHire has maintained a proud professional partnership with Women Building Futures since 2014. Click here to learn more about this organization.
Click here to find a non-profit in your community that supports women in the trades.
Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s be bold for change together!
1 The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (2015). The competitive advantage: A business case for hiring women in the skilled trades and technical professions. The Government of Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2017 from http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/rc-cr/bc-cb/index-en.html
2 The Canadian Women’s Foundation (2017). Fact sheet: Women and poverty in Canada. Canadian Women’s Foundation. Retrieved March 6, 2017 from http://www.canadianwomen.org/sites/canadianwomen.org/files//Fact%20Sheet%20-%20WOMEN%20%26%20POVERTY%20-%20February%202017.pdf
3 Elmer, V. (2014, June 11). Report: Women still face barriers in construction trades. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 6, 2017 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/06/11/report-women-still-face-barriers-in-construction-trades/?utm_term=.bd565100205a
4 Lebowitz, S. (2015, October 1). Women are less likely to get promoted. Business Insider. Retrieved March 6, 2017 from http://www.businessinsider.com/women-are-less-likely-to-get-promoted-2015-10
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