International Women’s Day: Not always a man’s job!

International Women’s Day (IWD) was on 8th March 2022, which coincided with National Women in Construction Week (WICW) 7th-13th March.

As a technology company that develops and manufactures engineered solutions for the construction, mining, and tunnelling industry. Trolex could be seen to be a ‘traditionally male’ company.

However, whilst the of numbers of employees and the ratio of men to women stands currently at about 5:1, in terms of culture, Trolex prides itself on mutual respect and understanding for all our colleagues, regardless of our differences.

We are the people of Trolex. Not the men, not the women, but the people.

Inclusion culture

Unfortunately, the Trolex model of an inclusion culture, isn’t practiced in every other ‘traditionally male’ company, which is why IWD and WICW campaigns globally to bring awareness to all women who are doing a great job, despite what that industry may be.

No one can deny that stereotypes are still affecting society in the UK and in other western countries.

A survey by CPB London ahead of IWD in 2022, found that,

“39% of the 5- to 11-year-olds polled think that women should stay home and 38% agreed that men should go to work”.

Breaking the bias

The CPB began their “Imagine” nationwide campaign on IWD and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias.

This campaign has gained global appeal and invites people to imagine a person in a certain role, for example, ‘a doctor’ ‘a nurse’ ‘a plumber’ or ‘a CEO’, and then invites you to ask, is this a man or a woman?

It creates a powerful message, especially when, in the CPB survey of 1000 children;

60% thought that being a plumber or an electrician was a man’s job and almost half (46%) said that men always make better engineers.”

A sobering thought that children still have this impression of certain roles in 2022.

Still moving forward?

The same survey found that most children agreed that you should grow up to be whatever you want to be (94%), while 82% believed that boys and girls can be just as good at the same things.

It does seem to be going in the right direction, but society is clearly not there yet on the road to complete equality.