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  1. oracle
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    Having worked on site with women, they seem to come in two forms, one a really good worker or Barbie with "Eeew, I broke a nail".

    Probably if there were a lot more ladies in the trade there would be more of a cross section
     
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  2. Cadgey123
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    I see a lot of that on site with men too. No different. I wish there were more woman tradespeople in the construction industry.
     
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    You also have blokes who are electricians and blokes who think theyre electricians ...
     
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    Cant even see why the questions being asked.
     
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  5. Pete999
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    Neither can I, Lets have a load more Sparky Chicks on the Forum as well, the more the merrier.
     
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  6. dmxtothemax
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    Every female electrician I have seen has been an exceptionally good electrician, very sharp and cluey.
    Mock them at your peril !
     
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    Baddegg Still simmering Ken, not boiled yet buddy x Electrician's Arms

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    Plenty of men like that as well these days,what difference does it make male or female long as they know what they doing?
     
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    If they're as knowledgeable as Sparky chick on this forum then more the merrier.
     
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    I can't even see a question .....
     
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    Isn’t the phrase ‘for better or for worse’ something to do with getting married?
    Perhaps the OP is considering proposing to a female sparks?
     
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    Although apparently harmless,the original question could be taken as the starter's gun,for yet another sexist debate...then it's sparks of different colour,age,heritage,town and height...

    There are lots of missing groups,in the electrical world,and gender is one of them. So are knowledge,patience and acceptance.

    Being female,in the trade,should have nothing to do with it.

    Between Rose West,and me mum,is every variation from worst to best,and singling out gender as a reason for either...is dodgy territory ;)
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Staff Member Moderator

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    If I break a nail it gets cut off with my Knipex side cutters or filed down with a great big Stanley flat file :D

    All I'm going to say is you need to be careful what you wish for. It may seem like a nice idea to have more women around, but trust me, there is a very good chance that as the number of women in a male dominated work force increases, the number of problems faced by the men will increase.

    You may get lucky and get a load of chicks like me, who prefer beer, bad language, smutty jokes and a pint down the pub with the boys, but I think what's more likely is you'll get snowflakes who are there through affirmative action programs designed to address the non-problem of gender imbalance in the workforce.

    I'm thinking about how I expand my business when it comes to it. Do I simply hire men and keep it simple or do I hire a mixture and possibly run the risk of exposing the men to the threat of sexual impropriety (if I don't choose the right chick)? It's an almost impossible situation and this is a problem that is now being discussed with a common thread being that the #MeToo movement has actually damaged womens chances of being hired into roles in male dominated industries because management aren't willing to take the risk.

    Thanks chaps :D
     
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    Well put Sparky Chic........plus Knipex side cutters great for cutting nails!:D:D:D
     
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  14. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    The two forms I have seen are the butch manly ones with a crew cut, jeans and a wallet in the back pocket on a chain and an lumberjack shirt or the fat ones. ;o)))))

    Never seen SparkyHotChick though so she may change my perceptions........ xXx

    Phwooooarh.....
     
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  15. spinlondon
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    Very rarely see females doing construction tasks on site.
    Lots of sites have had female cleaners, Romanian or from other Eastern European countries.
    T Clarkes had a female sparks who I saw on a couple of sites.
    Imtech had one at THFC.
    Never interacted with either.
    Known a couple of female Chippies away from site and a couple of female motorcycle mechanics.
    Can’t say whether any are good at their jobs or not.

    There is a niche market for female construction workers on the domestic side.
    I recall being asked to keep a low profile at a Women’s refuge once, when visiting someone there.

    Personally, I don’t think gender is an issue, it’s more a question of a person’s ability and character.
     
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