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As we continue to reflect on our events last week marking International Women’s Day 2024 #InspireInclusion we wish to share some considered words from Betty Carmody who is an engineer in our Limerick office who happens to be female.
 
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I am 40 years “in the building” having graduated with a civil engineering degree in 1983. Throughout my career journey as an engineer, I’ve always endeavoured to trade not as the “female engineer,” but simply as an engineer who happens to be a woman. From the outset, I recognized the importance of defining myself by my expertise, my skills, and my contributions to the field, rather than by my gender.
 
In the early days, it was challenging. I was aware of clients needing to be given advance warning of my arrival – “Betty our female engineer will be attending the meeting”. I often found myself in environments where women were in the minority and very often the only woman. The subtle reminders of my gender, and the occasional surprised glances served as constant reminders of the prevailing norms in the industry. And it was not just in construction. Back then terms like “Ban Garda”, “Male Nurse” and “Female Doctor” were commonly heard.
 
However, I focused on honing my craft, expanding my knowledge, and proving myself through my work. I sought to be known not for breaking barriers, but for delivering results and solving problems. Over time, as I established myself in the field, I noticed a shift in perspective. The emphasis began to shift from my gender to my capabilities, from my identity as a woman to my identity as an engineer. It was a subtle yet significant transformation—one that reflected the evolving attitudes towards diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
 
Today, when I walk into a room, I am no longer defined by my gender. I am recognized for my expertise, and valued for my contributions. The journey from being seen as the “female engineer” to simply being seen as an engineer has been both empowering and liberating—a testament to the progress the construction industry and society generally have made, and the possibilities that lie ahead.
 
I remain committed to trading as an engineer who happens to be a woman—not as the exception, but as a testament to the limitless potential within each and every one of us, regardless of gender.

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