When you think of plumbing, construction, and fields alike, it’s not likely that you’re picturing a woman. And that’s not you just being biased…the reality is, there aren’t that many women in the industry.
Why is that? And what do we need to do to change that?
We all say that women can do anything that men can do, so why aren’t the numbers demonstrating that in all workplaces. Across the nation, there are only around 9,000 female plumbers out of a whopping 564,000, that means that only 1.6% of people working in the plumbing industry are women.
One female plumber had something to say to the women & young girls out there.
In Clark County, Smokey Fritz is likely the only woman working in construction. She sees the disparity in the numbers and wants it to change. Growing up within a family that owned a plumbing business, she naturally learned the trade from her father and plans on staying in the business for the long haul.
When she was younger, after deciding that college wasn’t for her, she decided to ask her father if he would teach her the trade. Expectedly, he was very hesitant at first. He told her things like “It’s a man’s world,” and warned her that she may get harassed at work.
After deciding that she was tough enough to jump the hurdles that would come along with being a female in the industry, she has been a great asset to her father’s company. He even says that she is far “more meticulous than the guys,” and that he doesn’t worry about her when he sends her on a job.
Smokey Fritz knows that she chose a hard industry to be a part of, but she has something to say to motivate women who may be considering the trade:
“It is hard. It’s super physical. It puts a strain on your hands. Your arms. You deal with heat or cold. It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 degrees or 30 degrees outside. You have to work. If you put your mind to something, you can do anything.”
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Source The Columbian