Women in Resource Development: WRDC Women in Resource Development

There are many misconceptions about women working in male-dominated natural resource sectors. Then there are the realities. Here, we identify many of the most common misconceptions, and provide facts on the reality of the situation.

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Trades in the natural resource sector are only for men.
You have to have a lot of experience with engines and the like to get into a trade or a technology area, and women aren't usually handy with tools and things.
I've never done anything like this. There are no opportunities for me.
To work in trades, I'd be dressed in coveralls or a survival suit all day. That doesn't seem very feminine to me - I was never much of a tom-boy!
I'll be the only woman on the job.
You have to be 6 feet tall and 200 lbs to do most of this - I don't consider myself physically that strong.
I'd have to go to school for years and years to get a job in trades and technology sector.
The pay in male-dominated trades and technology jobs is not really that much better than in jobs traditionally done by women.
I have children and I can't go on a rig for a month. Most of these jobs aren't great if you want to spend a lot of time with your kids.
There is a lot of sexual harassment and the like on these sites where there are so few women, I don't want to the butt of a lot of sex jokes (or worse).
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