CIOB marks International Women’s Day

8 March 2018

In support of International Women’s Day today (8 March) the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) will be highlighting the importance of diversity and the role of women in the built environment.

This includes a guest article on the Institute’s website from Construction Manager of the Year 2017 winner Margaret Conway, and other members of her team at McAleer and Rushe.

CIOB president Rebecca Thompson will be speaking at a conservation event the Institute is running at Somerset House in London, on 12 April.

The speaker line-up includes experts from across the field, speaking on the latest conservation thinking, innovation and project case studies.

Also, in recognition of the skills shortage in the construction industry, the CIOB is joining in the online discussion for National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week (both 5 to 10 March), to showcase the industry as an exciting career option for young people.

Throughout the week there will be a series of blogs on the Institute’s website from members, scholars, and CIOB leaders, alongside facts, figures, resources, and quotes from members about what makes our industry great.

The campaign is encouraging other construction professionals to use the hashtag #ThinkConstruction and contact the CIOB Twitter account – @theCIOB – to share their own advice, resources and tools to inspire the next generation of construction professionals throughout the week.


Perhaps women don't want to be in construction, and anyway, where are they all going to come from?

There are only so many people in the workforce, and ultimately it's a zero sum game.

Assuming the workforce is balanced as to overall numbers (no shortages of labour in any particular sector, but no oversupply either), if you want more women in one sector, then you also need more men in another. I don't see however any drive to change the participation of men in any sector, even where women are significantly over-represented among graduates already.

Also, many degree courses in construction have had women at equal numbers for years, but 10 years or so after graduation, the numbers drop heavily. Couldn't be anything to do with the lifestyle choice known as having children, could it?

Unless we are now going to have equality of outcomes as well as opportunity? If so, count me in as a man, I'd quite like to have the same access to equality of outcome that feminists are working their argument towards.

Extensive career breaks with zero penalty on pay or seniority, payment for time off for life choices, ability to be able to demand part-time work, ability to say I have been a victim of sexism with zero proof required for someone to be fired, regular promotion without having to earn it just to make up the numbers....

[I do really hope the feminists realise "the cause" could well backfire against women who earn their positions in life, which I must say I highly value when I do come across them. Quite a few female colleagues at present included]

John, 9 March 2018

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