SHE BUILDS UK: Spotlighting female representation in the construction industry

SHE BUILDS UK: Spotlighting female representation in the construction industry

, by Cannon Dhunay, 1 min reading time

For architectural photographer Neil Perry, nine words and two sentences were all it took for his passion project to spring into action: 

 

'I can't be a builder. Only men are builders'.

 

Uttered by his 7-year-old daughter Jessie on a routine walk to an after-school club in the summer of 2022, those words would reverberate through him. Not only did they expose just how impressionable children can be, but how persistent gender stereotypes are in the information they consume. How could he reshape her worldview?

 

The answer was simple: he needed to be the change he wanted her to see. And so, SHE BUILDS UK was born: a free portrait photography exhibition showcasing 60 women in the UK construction industry with the goal of inspiring women of all ages to consider a career in the field. It would run from 17th May – 8th June 2023 and take place at The Building Centre in London.

 

Here's what happened when we took a trip to the UK capital to see it for ourselves.


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