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Women offer a unique set of skills to the office that can boost productivity and enhance the working environment.

Jobs in the trading sector were formerly exclusively reserved for males, but those days are long gone. Considering a career in the trades has never been more appealing to a woman than it is now. It's possible that when you think of the trade sector, you get a picture in your mind of a hulking guy. This, however, is a persistent misconception that couldn't be farther from reality. By generating new employment, expanding consumer choice, and strengthening women's bargaining power in society, trade has the potential to enhance women's lives significantly. Nonetheless, women's connection with trade is complicated since doing so might result in employment losses and labour concentration in lower-skilled occupations for certain women.

Construction and the skilled trades have not made as much progress as other sectors in terms of outreach and employment of women, despite increased efforts by other businesses. Women offer a unique set of skills to the office that can boost productivity and enhance the working environment. Additionally, acquiring a skilled profession provides the same benefits for women that it has traditionally offered to men: it gives a road to stable, well-paying employment that cannot be outsourced. Is it possible that women will be the future of the skilled trades? Yes. The market requires their presence, not because they are women, but because women are as talented as their male counterparts, and there is enough work to go around. Women also offer fresh insights into traditional trades, and they are an essential part of the solution to the growing labour crisis.


group of people sitting beside rectangular wooden table with laptops Compared to males, women make more investments in their families, particularly in education, health, and nutrition. | Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash


Women are essential contributors to the global economy. Compared to males, women make more investments in their families, particularly in education, health, and nutrition. As a result, they provide a more stable foundation for the future of their families and communities. The economic empowerment of women, mainly via their participation in trade, leads to increased employment prospects for everyone.

According to the available research, small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) are highly represented by women, which is not necessarily reflected in trade statistics. Furthermore, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engage in global commerce indirectly; they provide products or services to another firm in the home market, which then exports to a supply chain partner or client in another country. As a result, it is possible that more SMEs – and more women – are participating in commerce than we realize. Still, unfortunately, in male-dominated professions, women continue to confront a range of hurdles and impediments, including stereotypes, a lack of mentorship, and sexual harassment. It is becoming more necessary to ensure equal representation as more and more women take up some of these roles.

Two business women talking about sales in office at desk with laptop In male-dominated professions, women continue to confront a range of hurdles and impediments, including stereotypes, a lack of mentorship, and sexual harassment. | Photo by LinkedIn Sales Solutions on Unsplash


When it comes to building a career in the trade, finding out which trade is best for you might be challenging given the wide variety of options available. Make sure to look for job fairs in your region geared toward those working in the trade business. Trade has the potential to enhance the lives of women significantly. Given the complexities and specificities of the link between trade and gender, it is critical to examine the possible effect of trade policy on both women and men and design suitable, evidence-based approaches to guarantee that trade contributes to the advancement of everyone.

Keywords: Women, trades, future, building, bright, male, dominated, profession


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