Last October, at London Build, we asked attendees to make a wish for the future of construction .
Instead, we received a mixture of wishes and comments we would like to share here:
(Thanking each and everyone who left us a message"
- "To be taken seriously"
- "For the focus to move away from gender to collaborative success."
- "For women to be courageous and pursue their dreams"
- "I would like to see more women believe in themselves and be given the support to get there"
- "To be thought of as an engineer, not a PA!"
- "To not be referred to as "that female engineer" but instead that engineer"
- "For women to not be seen as weak"
- "For women to use their unique skills and different perspective to bring positive change to the built environment"
- "Inclusivity! We need more of it and a built environment could be all the better for it will reflect society"
- "More black women working on site."
- "Equal or better pay, flexible working hours on site and the office to be compatible with nursery and care"
- "Equality for men and women when returning to work after having a child"
- "Breaking of stereotypes"
- "For men to positively embrace having more women in construction"
- "No demeaning jokes"
How and why we need to change things?
- "Change must be embraced"
- " With inclusion, gender don't need to be the focus"
- "Women in construction are so motivated & bring a great "vibe" within the workplace. Without us, construction would not survive"
- "When women work equally in construction, the built environment they help create will be for everyone"
- "We are now 25% Women in architecture. We need to go into schools and let them know its a great career. Women architects make things better"
Calls for action:
- "Let the fantasy come. Try and be an example for others"
- We need "To do all we can to inspire a new generation of women in construction. If construction isn't being considered as a career by someone...Let's do all we can to help as many "someone"s become someone in construction'
- "Support other women and girls making education choices which will help them attain a career in construction"
- "To create an environment in construction that has a positive impact on the world"