Women in Construction – Kelly Footworth

The women who run a construction company usually give the role over into the hands of their partner or family member. This does not apply to Kelly Footworth, who is a big success in the construction world.

How did you build a business on her own?
“I’ve gradually grown into it. From my eighteenth birthday I have had financial and administrative jobs. In 1996 I joined as a small developer. I started as an office manager, but because the director / shareholder were abroad a lot, I was more and more commercially in charge when they were gone. Through trial and error I become wise, and in time I ran the company as if it were mine. I pulled the various parties for each project, but was entirely responsible.
So I have developed a number of housing projects and office locations. The concrete realization of beautiful things really appeals to me. So I decided to set up my own construction company, under the name of Constructabouw. Taking this decision has given me a few sleepless nights. It appealed to me to run a company in my own way.

What’s your peculiar way of running a company?
“I am who I am and that can be bad acting. When I get excited during the discussion of a project, it’s sincere. We are a construction company with the basic three Cs: Creative, Constructive and Concrete. Furthermore, I love proper arrangements. Not “sometime in March we will start, but instead I say ‘ Tuesday morning at eight o’clock we are going to be at your doorstep.
Professional and reliable personnel are therefore of importance. If you have them then your customer will have the confidence and courage to give them their house key. If it a renovation, we want people not only to know what it costs, but also how to know how much value their home will get through it. Because I have a financial background, and find it an interesting aspect, I take my work seriously. I especially like it that I work with both the private and business markets.
It is wonderful to work together with an entrepreneur on the construction or expansion of a business like a gold invest business as http://invest-in-gold.org. And I think it is special that I am involved with the building plans of families and households. You should be able to calculate the real and competitive edge, and then you have the chance to compare it to other people’s work. I don’t participate in price wars. I and my people expect a lot of quality and we will not let go. These are again the 3 Cs.”

How do the customers and colleagues react to the fact that you’re a woman?
I never have experienced as a disadvantage that I’m a woman in this world. Customers respond very positively and I must admit that I have a lot of support and respect of people from the construction industry. I have a number of engineers gathered around me to advise me. They appreciate me and always give me support when needed. That is very nice work.

How do you see the future of your business?
“I definitely want to grow. There are 10 people working here. I want a healthy and thriving construction drop. I find it very important to enjoy my work and ensure that the employees also have a good job. Fun and harmony are the lines I want to remain firm! “

Female-Quota in Business Top EU

This news was striking to me and my co-workers. The EU is now not only known for its thin, good-looking women (and no, they aren’t thinner because they are poorer as us, they generally have a better diet and exercise more often as us lazy Americans) but now also for having more women in positions of power. The European Commission’s companies still require the adoption of 40 percent of women on their supervisory board. “A quota does not exist, by definition,” said Peter Brewer RIP. Previously, a majority of the committee was against the proposal by EU Commissioner Viviane Reding (Fundamental Rights). But the proposal was watered down, and then the committee could accept it. Companies are not immediately punished by the EU; and Member States may impose their own sanctions.

Selection
Reding wants a fair selection for companies, which ultimately should lead to a better balance between men and women at the top. In European companies only 13.5 per cent of the board members are a woman, the commissioner said. Also only 2.5 percent of women use the gavel. The EU Commissioner for Fundamental Rights hopes for the better; and wants a ‘gender neutral’ selection targeted at breaking the glass ceiling in the approximately 5,000 listed companies in the EU. “This is a historic day,” said the commissioner. They talked about it being a breakthrough.

Women in Islam

In the West, people often think that only women in the West are emancipated and that this liberation movement began in the 20th century. However, from an Islamic perspective the emancipation of women began 1,400 years ago with the revelations to Muhammad and Islam for emancipating women. It is unfortunately true that in some Muslim countries women are disadvantaged, but this is due to local (pre-Islamic) cultural, social, political practices that are stuck and not of Islam itself.
Indeed, since more than 1,400 years Islam has advocated women rights which are in most places (even in some Muslim countries) not being enjoyed. This is so because women often do not know their rights. Indeed, male-dominated societies are trying to keep girls from getting an education even though they are entitled to it. In this way it prevents women from knowing the rights granted to them by the law of Islam.

Equality between men and women

When we talk about equality between men and women we would need to first determine what criteria you want use to compare men and women. On height for example, research has shown that men are on average are taller than females. So, men are superior to women in height. Conversely, one could say that women are superior to men on smallness (they are ‘more’ small).
What is similar and different? In Islam, God is the center of everything and equality or difference is defined as, “Who is more important to God, men or women?

Tomorrow’s Women In Science And Technology

In the sciences, women are severely underrepresented. This gender difference has been made in high school: girls choose much less commonly a profile that gives access to the scientific study. But why? The popular view is that women have an innate lack of mathematical talent, but scientific research shows that it is precisely this prejudice of women playing tricks. The answer to the question, “Where are the mathematics women?” is in fact: they were there, but now they are someplace else.

There’s still something to say about women being less technical in general as men are. We all know the situations where men fix the computer at home when women are less knowledgeable (and interested) with those kind of things. There’s a reason why the Princeton 2013 Technology Event next spring break is so popular amongst men.

In the sciences significantly fewer women work than men. Also in the exact studies girls are in the minority: of all engineering students only about 17% are women, and also in the natural sciences, women with 35% are underrepresented. The reason lies in the high school, where in VWO all students who choose the Science and Technology only about 4% is a girl. For the Science and Health, the figures are slightly better (1 in 3 students is a girl) but this profile does not necessarily have access to all science courses because there is less math in it.

Regularly read ministers and business are banging the alarm over this lack of betas. According to them, our economy at risk and the business gets into trouble. A larger influx of women in engineering and science would be a relief for the society. You must first solve a mystery: why so few girls opt for mathematics and the other sciences? Or, in other words, where are the mathematics women?

 

Fewer girls with maths?

Some scientists – for example, the British psychologist and writer Baron-Cohen – think just fewer women are born with a talent for mathematics. Female Brains were – with few exceptions – are less suitable for solving exact issues because in the course of evolution for the woman other talents were important, such as good language skills. Men on the other hand, according to these scientists have a beta brain, because they are in the primeval engaged in hunting game and it includes a better understanding of spatial needs.

Lawrence Summers – at that time rector of Harvard University – brought this view three years ago during a private lunch speech which then emerged as one of the reasons that so few women in the exact angle to find. A storm of protest was the result. Yet he draws it on any scientific evidence. They discovered Connellan researcher and her colleagues at Cambridge University that newborn baby boys were more interested in objects than faces. Most girl babies did not make much difference.

Because babies on average only about half days old, this cannot be learned behavior, the researchers conclude.

 

Men have better spatial understanding?

In all honesty, it’s widely known that boys in general are more interested in mathematics and construction from an early age as girls. Understanding this, it may come as no surprise that they choose similar jobs when they are older. But even if you accept the results of Connellan and colleaguest, their comment on the reasoning that the fascination of boys for objects, many years later would translate into a better spatial understanding and thus more talent for mathematics and other science subjects. So there is no scientific evidence that a better spatial understanding also allows for higher scores on math tests and thus more math talent.

Moreover, the U.S. psychologists found Alexander and Evardone’s evidence that the tests that researchersb used to measure the spatial awareness was not particularly able to show sex differences. Normally, such a test of subjects in, inter alia, a three-dimensional figure that consists of a number of blocks in their head rotates. Men have it better than women. But if the figures were not cubes, but were little people, then women’ scores improved. At the rotation of a three-dimensional object – and thus the requirement-spatial awareness, however, was not changed. In other words, we are not sure if men have better spatial ability than women.