Women At Work

Women working in trades is hardly a new concept, yet even in 2017 it is still perceived as somewhat unusual.

As is the case with many minority groups, women in trades are often faced with additional obstacles in the workplace. Some are forced to work in environments, which either cannot or will not protect them from harassment, while others face ongoing scrutiny of their professional abilities.

Over the weekend an all-woman plumbing company called Tradettes received a slew of negative reviews on their Facebook page from a number of men who, as it turns out, have never used their services.

Luckily for Tradettes the Project TV reported the story and were very much in support of the business concept. The page has since received over a thousand good reviews, trumping the 62 negative ones.

In Australia trades make up just over 14% of the entire workforce. However, enforced stereo-types in academic learning, lack of support for female apprentices and the common misconception that women just aren’t up to the task are a few of the reasons women make up only 2% of this workforce.

The five women featured in this photo-essay all work in non-traditional roles and are paving the way to a better and more equal future by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes of women at work.

Gianna (left) and Anna (right) in Anna’s Fitzroy leather repair store ‘On The Mend’. Leather work requires strong hands and great attention to detail.

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Women in Non Traditional Roles

Women in Non Traditional Roles

Women in Non Traditional Roles

Marcelle is a Carpenter and sole trader with 10 years experience.

Marcelle is a Carpenter and sole trader with 10 years experience.

Marcelle's Carpentry

Marcelle's Carpentry

Marcelle's Carpentry

Marcelle's Carpentry

Tiff (left) and Jaimi (right), interior and exterior painters. Tiff has been in the trade for close to a decade.

Tiff (left) and Jaimi (right), interior and exterior painters. Tiff has been in the trade for close to a decade.

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Pip restores furniture and various other vintage goods at 'Recycled', the popular industrial homewares store in Fitzroy.

Pip restores furniture and various other vintage goods at ‘Recycled’, the popular industrial homewares store in Fitzroy.

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Cat works as a bicycle mechanic in Brunswick and is part of Wrenchworthy, a bike collective that provides a comfortable working space for women and the like.

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By Tiyana Matliovski

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