Here's How These Australian Tradeswomen Are Helping Domestic Violence Victims

As is the case in many fields, including STEM, women are severely underrepresented in the trades industry. Jobs in this industry include, but are not limited to, plumbers, construction workers, electricians, and mechanics — all of which are highly male-dominated.

In Australia, however, one group of women is changing the conversation and helping others along the way. They are known as "Australia's new generation of female 'tradies,'" making up part of the less than 2 percent of Australian women in construction, automotive, and electrical fields.

Interviewed for Broadly, these women — including electrician Amy Feyen, carpenter Lyndal Hayes, plumber Kimberley Smyth, and electrician Sally Liddell — all met at Australia's YWCA, which "offers housing, mentoring, training and advocacy for women in vulnerable situations."

With the help of these female tradies, victims of domestic violence do not have to worry about having male tradesmen in their homes, and other women can see that they too can pursue the trade industry.

Read their full stories and exclusive interviews on Broadly.

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