Why Should There Be More Women in the Infrastructure Industry?Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:25
According to the OECD, issues with poor mobility, social services, water, healthcare and safety infrastructure can affect women disproportionately more than men, and infrastructure must be designed with these nuances in mind. In a 2010 study carried out by Centro de la Mujer en la Alta Dirección, out of 112 million Mexican citizens, women made up 51 percent of the population but in business, women represented only 16 percent of the workforce. As more and more industries are working to be female-inclusive, Mexico Infrastructure & Sustainability Review asked some prominent female leaders in infrastructure about the importance of women’s participation in the industry.
Infrastructure is a largely male-dominated industry. My brother and I have been able to lead this company by gaining the trust of people within and outside of MABASA and pulling teams together. As a businesswoman, I try to bring a more human vision that complements the largely cold, purely commercial perspectives that are common in infrastructure. Doing this has enabled me to learn more about the industry and help MABASA reach the position it currently holds.
I believe the role of women in the construction industry is the same as that of men: to foster a quality industry and boost the desired results in every way possible. Also, I believe that to include women in managerial roles is as important as to include younger or older people. In the end, we must aim to have different perspectives that will enrich a company’s perspective, which gives a lot of organizational strength through a diversity of opinions. I personally enjoy the constant challenge of bringing innovation that the industry presents in terms of engineering, management, and strategic planning.
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, our industry needs preparation to adapt to disruptive changes coming ahead. Tackling gender gaps can unlock new opportunities for growth. Including women in the industry is a must as female talent remains one of the most under-utilized business resources. Mexico has a 50-50 gender balance and this is true in Universities along the country but not true in the workforce. This means we are investing in women’s education and not harvesting their potential to boost the economy.