Women in hard hats smash stereotypes
Women in hard hats smash stereotypes

Queensland women smashing stereotypes by pursuing 'hard hat' careers should celebrate their contribution to building the Smart State on International Women's Day, says Minister for Women Margaret Keech.

Mrs Keech said the 2008 International Women's Day theme - Queensland Women: Shaping the Future - aimed to encourage women to look beyond appearance and celebrate their achievements instead.

"This International Women's Day we commend the women and girls across Queensland who are breaking down old occupational stereotypes by pursuing 'hard hat' careers in mining, construction, engineering and trades," Mrs Keech said.

"With the booming industries of mining and construction experiencing significant skills shortages, the opportunities for women to join these industries have never been better.

"There is no doubt women and girls have the skills and expertise to excel in these sectors and we salute those women who are leading the way."

Mrs Keech said one such woman blazing a trail is Queensland's first female plumbing inspector Carlie Wright.

"Carlie overcame many obstacles to achieve her career goals and become Queensland's first and only female plumbing inspector," she said.

"The Queensland Government's Women in Hard Hats program is committed to increasing women's participation in non-traditional careers and key to this is breaking down career stereotypes.

"This International Women's Day I encourage the community to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere and work towards a future where occupational stereotypes are a thing of the past."