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The glass scaffold: Women in construction responding to industry conditions

Webinar - March 08, 2022 at 10:00am - 11am


Join researcher, culture consultant, trainer and writer Terrelle Hegarty as she explores women's experiences in the construction industry as part of 2022 International Women's Day. 

Terrelle will hone in on women entering, working and leaving the Christchurch construction industry between 2010 and 2018 which led to the creation of the theory of "deferential tailoring." The theory explains how women intentionally regulate their thinking and behaviours to successfully seize opportunities, address social challenges, achieve occupational gains and establish a greater sense of inclusivity. In building the scaffold, women draw heavily on personal values, heightened contextual awareness, self-learning and positive communication strategies. 

Gaining a closer view of how women respond to industry conditions has uncovered significant behavioural patterns that shine a light on the value of women in the construction workforce, in particular: 

  • Deferential tailoring highlights the extensive self-regulation skill level of women in the industry
  • Research highlights woman's unseen efforts and ability to sustain emotional management over long intervals of time to ensure they can build and secure positive workplace relationships
  • Women actively build the capability to overcome barriers, advance their careers, and make a positive contribution towards enhancing inclusivity and transforming industry culture

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognising the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

This event is in partnership with The Diversity Agenda.  

About the presenter 

As part of her research for her PHD, Terrelle Hegarty investigated how women respond to working in construction. She's also currently working on a business research project on what diversity and inclusion look like in practice. 


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