For Ansell, a female-driven culture could alleviate plenty of women’s unease. Her newly-found company, Belle Construction, connects prospective tradeswomen with employment, mentorships, and internships across the country. Belle Construction specializes in small projects that cost under $200,000.
Ansell says that she noticed a difference not only in the comfort of female workers, but also in female clientele. She found that female clients can be more comfortable with a woman doing renovations in her home, particularly in cases where women are more emboldened to ask questions to the workers.
“We’re able to now explain to women the inner workings of her home and how things operate and the building science behind it. That’s because we feel that the women’s presence on site that people are comfortable asking us those questions.”
When it comes to what needs to be done as a whole, Ansell says it starts with informing women at a younger age. She advises that trades workshops in the high school curriculum are an ideal starting point.