If you were to make a guess, how many female tradies would you think there were in Australia?
I’d probably say something like: well, it’s probably less than 50%, because the trades are still seen as such a male area, but I know plenty of women who are pretty handy, and so that’s got to reflect in a growing number of women going into trades, so surely it’s got to be at least 10% to 20% by now. Surely.
Nope. Apparently it’s about 1.7%. Let me repeat that. 1.7% of tradies are women.
This gels with my recent experience of trying to find some female tradies. About as rare as hens’ teeth.
Anyway, this article in the SMH is doing a bit of awareness raising and talking about encouraging girls from a young age (less than 12) into thinking of going into a trade.
Categories: gender & feminism