Female Plumber Launches Website

Female plumber launches new website to support other women learning a trade in male-dominated industries

Out of 14,500 licensed plumbers in Queensland, just 29 are female, and Tanah Merah's Carlie Wright is one of them.

Since undertaking a school-based plumbing apprenticeship in Year 11, Ms Wright has been working in a male-dominated industry which she said has had its challenges.v

Now she is making the experience easier for other women, launching her website Women With Wrench two months ago.

The website is focussed on providing support and information to other females considering a career in a trade or already in one.

"I started the website because I am often asked to act as a guest speaker at expos however I've got an 18-month-old now and attending expos is not as easy as it used to be," Ms Wright said.

"Lady tradies can submit their stories online so other females can read it as well as the employer sections to let people know it's ok to employ a female tradie and I'm adding content to that regularly.

Ms Wright said she was pleased to see more and more female tradies entering the workforce, most commonly as electricians and painters.

"The more promotion female tradies get, the more it's recognised, the more common it will become and the less it will be seen as something different."

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