In May, I was lucky enough to spend a day with some of the most respected women in the construction equipment industry, at the Women in Construction Equipment Distribution Roundtable in Chicago. Together, we discussed the need for a stronger presence of women in the industry, the benefits of having more women in the industry, how to encourage women into the industry and much more. The experience was eye-opening. It was also incredibly empowering and thought-provoking, for a number of reasons.
Not only did I and a few other AED members get to share the stories of our career paths and the sexism we’ve seen or experienced, but we also got the chance to hear from successful women in other careers, such as manufacturing and criminal justice. These women shared how their industries have been successful in bringing in women. They discussed their biggest challenges in their careers, how their industry’s attitude has changed toward women, and the many issues that women tend to face in their careers.