International Women’s Day: Women working in male-dominated industries.

In the world of communications, we’ve been scoping out women who are empowering others in male-dominated industries to lead, advocate, and create change.

With the theme of International Women’s Day this year focusing on inclusion. We’ve loved discovering women in various fields who are vocal about their work through social channels, blogs, networks and organisations.

The Copper 2024 Female Power List comprised of categories including: Construction, Energy, Transport & Logistics, Pioneering Change, Out on-site and Organisations/Campaigns.

We encourage you to discover the content and hard work all the following women have been a part of:


👷🏽‍♀️ Construction

  • Kate Fahey – She is Irelands 1st female Tower Crane Operator at just 20 years old! Her content around working in the construction sector is inspiring more women to become Tower Crane Operators.


  • Kelly Cartwright – Lives by the motto of ‘You Can’t Be, What you can’t see’ advocating for women in construction and inclusivity. Check out her latest PPE awards attire!


  • Amy Underwood – Amy is plant operator in Scotland, she is part of the ultimate dad and daughter duo. She is a role model to women wanting to work on construction sites, and she doesn’t hesitate to clap back at any sexist remarks.


  • Carol Massay – Carol’s mission is to continue to promote the construction sector as a great place to expand your career and provide world-class technology to attract skills from other walks of life to the sector.


  • Sinead Clarkson – Not only a Chartered Quanity Surveyor, an ambassador for empowering women into roles and co-chair of National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Yorkshire Region


⚡ Energy

  • Catryn Newton – As Community Investment Director of Bute Energy , Catryn works with communities throughout Wales utilising our capacity for renewable energy generation and she is passionate about social value in her field.


  • Leonie Dubois – In her role of Head of Engagement Land and Consents at Thames Water, we are lucky to get the pleasure to work alongside her with project work.


  • Daniella Twelvetree – Daniella is now Head of Customer and Engagement at South West Water following a career break to relocate with her family, creating no barriers to excelling in her career.


  • Michelle Brechtelsbauer – With impressive work in the energy sector, Michelle is passionate about championing the global shift to sustainability through innovative energy strategies.


  • Carol Tansley – Talk about a successful woman, Carol lead the delivery of major programmes as diverse as operational readiness for the Arab World’s first nuclear power plant (new build, four reactors)!


🚛 Transport and Logistics

  • Charlotte Robinson – A planning manager aiming to inspire and empower Women in the Construction, Rail & Transport Industries.


  • Sonya Byers – Sonya is the Chief Executive of Women in Transport, a non-for-profit aimed at supporting women in transport.


  • Sajni Vekaria – Sajni is a Sustainability Graduate at Balfour Beatty who is passionate about empowering women in the construction industry, especially when it comes to highways!


  • Heather Enness – Master Mariner Heather Innes, provides us with content which empowers women to consider careers within the maritime industry.


  • Jacqueline Sutton – Jaqueline is the Non-Executive Director of the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter. Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter aims to support, showcase, and inspire through female role models.


🙌🏼 Pioneering Change

  • Sarah Mogford – Sarah an RSK Group Board Director who is responsible for one of our UK Divisions primarily offering planning and permitting led environmental consultancy services.


  • Hannah Coogan – Set up the RSK Women’s Network in 2022 and is now Immediate Past Chair on the committee.


  • Carla Denyer – Carla is the co-leader of the Green Party as well as a Bristol City councillor.


  • Wawa Gatheru – Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru is a climate storyteller passionate about making the climate movement relevant and accessible to everyone.


  • Vaila Morrison – An architect with a focus on inclusive design and accessibility for all with a focus on home design and children’s playgrounds.


🦺 Out on-site

  • Sophie Maguire – Also known as The Pink Plumber, where you can find Soph document her apprentice diaries. Whether she’s chatting about the daily grind, latest products or breaking the gender bias with her TikTok trends.


  • Connie Palmer – Connie the Carpenter works to advocate women’s PPE through her brand collaborations. Her range of work for a young woman starting out in the trade is inspiring.


  • Kornelia Dziewicka – A female electrician who is unfazed by working on-site in commercial settings. Aside from her tool demos and reviews, project updates and PPE fits, be sure to check out her sidekick Bambi.


  • Sophie Perkins – A quantity surveyor and building engineer who has designed her own 13-piece women’s safety shoes collection with the brand Amblers Safety.



🏢 Organisations and campaigns

  • The House That She Built – The House That She Built is to support workforce development initiatives in home building by generating awareness of the skilled trades to underrepresented communities.


  • Empower Her in Energy – A community on a mission to empower women and encourage diversity in the energy industry.


  • The PPE Campaign – Campaigning to address the widespread inequalities in PPE provision among minority groups


  • Make Space for Girls – Make Space for Girls campaigns for facilities and public spaces for teenage girls. Parks, play equipment and public spaces for older children and teenagers are currently designed for the default male.


  • Powerful Women – Chaired by Katie Jackson, and run by the Energy Institute as project partner, POWERful Women (PfW) is working for a diverse, inclusive and gender-balanced energy industry in the UK.