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March 8, 2016

International Women’s Day: BMP Supports Women in the Construction and Building Industry

Today marks the celebration of the economic, social, cultural, and political achievements of women. BMM pledges for gender parity, and recognizes the need for equal representation and opportunity in the workforce.

In Australia, there are a number of industries where women comprise less than 40% of the workforce: Wholesale Trade; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Electricity, gas, Water and Waste Services; Mining; and Construction [1].

In the construction industry, only 11.4% of workers are female [2]. This is attributed to a number of cultural barriers, such as male dominated networks, inflexible work environments, and misconceptions about the roles women are capable of [3]. BMM actively supports and recognizes the achievements of women working in construction, and other industry and STEM fields. We believe that women can do anything that men can do.

References:

[1] WGEA (2015), Gender composition of the workforce: by industry, viewed 8 March 2016, https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/Gender-composition-of-the-workforce-by-industry.pdf

[2] ABS (2015), Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Feb 2015, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, viewed 8 March 2016,  http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6291.0.55.003

[3] NAWIC (2013), What Women Want in a Construction Career, viewed 8 March 2016, http://www.nawic.com.au/documents/NAWIC/15-04-13_national_nawic_discussion_paper.pdf

[4] Photograph from http://bangordailynews.com/2010/08/30/news/sign-of-the-times-women-at-work-in-lincoln/

 

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