International Women's Day (March 8th) 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.

The 2021 theme of #ChooseToChallenge embraces the idea of challenging inequality and speaking out when it’s important to do so. Choosing to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements especially within the construction industry is what E G Carter & Co Ltd strive to do. E G Carter & Co Ltd currently employ twenty-six women who are represented at all levels within the company so this year’s theme of #ChooseToChallenge resonates with E G Carter & Co Ltd on many levels.

As a Company throughout 2021 E G Carter & Co Ltd are supporting two Gloucestershire female-based charities, The Nelson Trust and The Hollie Gazzard Trust. Both of these charities help women affected by domestic abuse. By working in partnership with these charities E G Carter & Co Ltd choose to challenge inequality and support their important work by spreading awareness.

Jo Fear, Manager at The Nelson Trust said “We are so grateful to companies like E G Carter & Co Ltd for their support in raising awareness and funds, plus the practical support and donations in kind they give us throughout the year, but especially on International Women’s Day. Since lockdown we have seen a 14% increase in levels of domestic violence, with women presenting with ever more complex needs. It is wonderful to see such a forward-thinking and caring local company considering how they can help make sure that we never have to turn a woman in crisis away. As well as cash, donations of laptops, mobile phones that we can recycle, and food would currently make such a difference.”

Zoe Bartholomew commenced work at E G Carter & Co Ltd as a Management Trainee and after 6 years’ experience, 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 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.

Becky Darcy-Reynolds started working for E G Carter & Co Ltd 20 years ago and now manages the accounts team she said “Transforming the perception people place on women in the construction industry is something that we are trying to change. We have come a long way from when I first started within the Industry, Women are now seen as a vital element within the construction environment and I hope in the next 20 years we will see even more women within the sector.”

The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. International Women's Day 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.”

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