CITB backs new campaign to recognise women in construction
CITB is backing a new campaign aiming to recognise the contribution that women have made to construction projects in England – and we want you to get involved.
The #builtbywomen campaign will investigate the role women have played in listed buildings; with anyone whose female ancestors were involved in shaping historic places urged to submit their evidence.
Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched the campaign on National Women in Engineering Day with an announcement that London’s Waterloo Bridge is to be relisted.
Female construction workers were brought into work on the iconic bridge during the Second World War, but the part they played has been largely forgotten until now.
Gillian Econopouly, Head of Policy at CITB, said: “We want to see more women in the construction industry, which is why it is so important to highlight the role of women on iconic projects such as Waterloo Bridge.
“The construction industry is growing, and has a huge variety of jobs available for people of all backgrounds to have rewarding, fulfilling careers.”
Commenting on the new campaign, Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure our great female engineers are properly recognised.
“This project will show the remarkable achievements of the women who broke conventions to help build Britain and inspire the next generation of female engineers, architects and builders."
Campaigners are calling on individuals and groups across England to send in evidence they have about the role women played in listed buildings.
The information can be shared on social media by using #BuiltByWomen hashtag, or by submitting it via Historic England’s website - http://historicengland.org.uk/news-and-features/news/
June 24, 2015 | Share: