MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) -- The Marquette Home Builder's Association held their second annual Women in Construction Expo, a conference based around helping women enter and succeed in the trades fields.
The Marquette Home Builder's Association held their second annual Women in Construction Expo, a conference based around helping women enter and succeed in the trades fields.
"There are so many different careers in the construction industry and a lot of women are intimidated working in that industry," said Sarah Schultz, an HBA executive and the event organizer. "Because it is still a man dominated world and it always has been and it probably will be for a long time, but we see more and more women getting involved."
The expo was a chance for women to interact with other female professionals in the construction industry; whether that be through networking, teaching, or sharing stories.
"I think women need to empower each other to move forward," said Amy Hacker, Owner of White Buffalo Trucking in Onieda, Wisc. "Because there's so much negativity when it comes to women in a man's industry."
Many of the attendees were also speakers, and they shared their experiences of working in a field where they said they feel like an outsider.
"It's typically known as a man's job, so especially for me on a job site, I'm typically the only woman on the job site," said Sarah Paras, a speaker and attendee. "So just being part of this larger group and knowing there's so many other's out there with all the support and everything, it's really great."
Due to several cancellations, attendance was low this year, but organizers said they were hoping for a better turnout next year.