International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Here at E G Carter & Co Ltd, our aim is to change the perception of women in construction.

E G Carter & Co Ltd currently employ twenty six women who are represented at all levels within the company structure so this year’s theme of #BalanceforBetter resonates within E G Carter & Co Ltd on many levels.

Balance for Better encourages gender balance across the world. E G Carter & Co Ltd are actively supporting the theme by promoting and encouraging our female staff to join organisations and to attend seminars that promote the roles of women in construction.

Kimberley Clay, member of Women in Property and PR Coordinator at E G Carter & Co Ltd said:

“Transforming the perception people place on women in the construction industry is something that we are trying to change. We are visiting career fairs, networking events and facilitating school presentations with a goal to speak to women and tell them about the incredible opportunities that women have within our industry. E G Carter & Co Ltd pride themselves on their people and this is clearly demonstrated by the fact that our women have a combined 374 years of service showing the loyalty, care and support the Company has received from its female employees.”

The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

Michael Carter, Managing Director of E G Carter & Co Ltd said:

The contribution of women to the success of E G Carter & Co Ltd cannot be overstated. We are working towards a more positive gender balance within our company and industry. We have a lot of work to do but are heading in the right direction.

Zoe Bartholomew commenced work at E G Carter & Co Ltd as a Management Trainee and after 5 years she is now a qualified Surveyor working on various construction projects.

Zoe takes every opportunity to act as a positive role model to other women working or considering working in the construction industry and stated:

“I believe that my role as a Surveyor within the construction industry is something that myself and the Company are justifiably proud of. I will promote, educate and influence the role of women within the modern construction industry so that it becomes an industry in which women can achieve their goals and ambitions.”

E G Carter & Co Ltd will continue to show their support for equality and changing the perception of women in the construction industry.