In 2006, while on vacation visiting friends in the Bay Area, I had the opportunity to work on a Habitat for Humanity new build in San Jose. My friends, Maria, Glenda, and Carmen, had been volunteering for this project on Fridays for several months. My visit corresponded to one of those Fridays.
When Maria mentioned we were doing this she made sure to mention it was a “Womens Build” for Habitat. I’m pretty good with a hammer when it comes to hanging pictures but I found out that building a house is totally different.
Dee Bailey the CEO & President of Radius Builders was there to help; she was the contractor for the project. Working on this build, even for one day was a truly empowering experience. It was my first time meeting a business owner in the home improvement/skilled trades field who was also female.
Skilled trades is one of the top job categories that will be in demand for the next two decades. In general it’s a tough industry for women to advance. According to a recent article in the Toronto Sun, only 1% of people certified in construction trades are women. But there is hope.
Companies are sponsoring mentorship programs for female high school and university students. Organizations and associations are being created to empower and support women in these career choices.
HomeStars is thrilled to build relationships with women in the home improvement industry and share reviews of their businesses on the site. So today, on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day we honour and celebrate all women who work in the trades industry. Throughout March, Women’s History Month, we will profile women who are making great strides in home improvement.
If there’s someone you want to honour today, International Women’s Day, feel free to do so with a comment.