March 6, 2020

Women are a key part of the Australian workforce, both as employees and business owners. In a traditionally male-dominated industry, more women have begun entering the Construction, Trade and Manufacturing Industry – breaking the stereotype of just who a typical ‘tradie’ is.

While times are changing, there are still struggles to overcome for women wanting to work in trades.

“They aren’t as exposed to apprenticeships as men, so [for now] their main entry point to trades is through traffic controlling jobs”, says IBSA CEO Sharon Robertson, “Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive; and as skills shortages emerge, women will become even more valuable to industry.”

In recognition of IWD 2020, IBSA celebrates the courage and determination of all the women who have changed history, and those who will continue to advance gender equality into the future.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” 
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist.