For all of the women out there who are already in the trades, please leave some comments if you think I missed anything or completely misrepresented any part of this discussion. My aim is to bring people together and get people into environments where they feel they’re able to express themselves freely, with respect as the tone for the message.
Before we get into the fact there are job shortages we simply need to address the maltreatment of females in the workplace. It’s oftentimes not intentional, as it is lacking mindfulness about them as humans, and strictly seeing everything they do through the lens of “woman” first. This is a huge ship to turn around, but for the sake of these millions of women affected by the issue, it needs to be worked on by everyone involved.
On top of this issue, we simply can’t afford to be picky. We lack a lot of electricians coming up through the ranks to replace the older generations that are leaving. What we need is more electricians, period. We can’t make distinctions on gender, race, sexual preference or anything that is simply an observation of a type of person. We need bodies and minds, that are qualified to do a job. We need to train them. They need to train others. We need to get jobs done. We need to keep the infrastructure of America running. It all boils down to whether or not we’ll be able to as the generations continue forward. Will we have to adjust materials and methods to allow anyone to work on electrical systems, because electricians go away? Or will we stop discriminating and alienating huge portions of the population so they won’t even look at this as a potential option to join?
The electrical industry is predominantly male, like 96% male, 4% female. If we could raise that number to even 80/20 it would make a massive change for millions of people. There would be more jobs, more competition, more training, less unemployment, a larger pool of people to hire from, and more skilled workers around in general. There’s no downside to fixing this issue. And it starts with being mindful of the existing workforce, as well as creating an environment that draws people in and encourages them to excel rather than makes them feel left out.