Sir, As an avid reader of Construction News I have taken a great interest over the past few weeks in the debate on the pros and cons of women working in building.
I have worked in the industry for about 18 years, albeit at the soft end of construction in commercial interior fit out, but construction nonetheless.
I have recently completed a CIOB Diploma in Construction Management, passing with f lying colours and winning student of the year for 'outstanding achievement'. This wasn't a politically correct award nor given to me because I was a woman. I worked very hard for it. My class colleagues and lecturers felt that I had rightly earned this award.
And yes, I was the only woman on the course. I have always found that women are welcome in the construction industry but need to pull their weight and be technically knowledgeable in their field. It annoys me greatly to hear women complaining about how girls aren't given a fair crack of the whip and are at a disadvantage. They just need to pull their weight. I find it amazing to hear of associations being set up with names such as 'Women and manual trades'. Isn't this sex discrimination against men?
Dawn Parias Parias Commercial Interiors Milton Keynes