Hidden Women

Congratulations to our Hidden Women Winner:

Stephanie Sharp

Congratulations to Stephanie on being awarded our first Emily Warren Roebling Achievement Award recognizing her hard work and accomplishments in the trades, $5,000 to further her profession and career, and will become a Cat Footwear brand ambassador. Thank you for representing the strength and tenacity of women in the trades. Cat Footwear is proud to support you, the current and future generations of women workers everywhere.

Follow Stephanie on Instagram: @stephaniebuildsit.

Meet Our Hidden Women Finalists! 

These five women were chosen for their moving stories of strength, hard work and determination as a woman in work.

Thank you to all those who nominated themselves and/or other tradeswomen in the industry! We’re proud of all the camaraderie, love and support shown to one another 💪🏼👷🏽‍♀️

AMANDA SERABIA
@datsunqueen

“I nominate my best friend, who is [currently] an industrial electrician. She has been the minority in all her professions as she’s climbed her way up often being the only woman on the job and always held her head high and proud doing what she loves! She deserves this. She was working as an Automotive Mechanic while pregnant with her son, working up until he was delivered!” – @gizellehernandez

MONICA BYRD
@themonicabyrd

“Monica is a Project Management professional with 5 years of experience handling $1-$5M projects in construction, sports, commercial, retail, hotel and residential. Currently, she’s an active member of the Women of Project Management.” – @taesig_

STEPHANIE SHARP
@stephaniebuildsit

“I’ve been on job sites since 6 years old following my dad’s every footstep. Getting my general contractors license was one of the best things I have ever done. I joined two local Home Builders Associations, currently serve on the Board of Directors for the @saltlakehomebuilders and leadership for the Utah Professional Women in Building. I’ve been blessed with an incredible opportunity to wake up every day and go to work doing something I LOVE! Construction runs in my blood and I am so excited for the opportunity to share my passion with young women, our future generation!”

LAUREN JOHANSEN
@dieseljeepgirl

“I’m a heavy Equipment mechanic for a local coal mine. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always loved the big haul trucks and when I got the chance to work on them I jumped on it. I moved over 1200 miles away from home to follow my dream. I absolutely love working on heavy Equipment. I have yet to meet another woman heavy Equipment mechanic. It’s not an easy job to get into, especially not for smaller girls like me. I’m trying to change that. Don’t let being the only girl stop you. Don’t let being small stop you. You just need unwavering determination and the drive to never take no for an answer.”

TRACY ANEN
@arborhavenhome

“A year ago I was working full-time as an engineer when I decided to start a little side business I named @arborhavenhome. I started out making small things such as wood signs, but my love for woodworking grew fast and I started making larger things like furniture and wood wall art. Whenever I wasn’t working at my engineering job, I was in my garage making something out of wood. Then November came and after a lot of thinking, debating, and praying I decided to take a huge, scary leap and leave my engineering job to go full-time with my business. It was a big change adjusting to the ‘be your own boss’ lifestyle. I had so much to learn, especially about time management. I got the hang of it though and I’m so grateful to be doing what I love. I look forward to getting in the shop everyday to create pieces for others whether it’s big or small.”

At Cat Footwear, we are setting out to recognize the often under-recognized women in work, or Hidden Women.

Throughout history, women have played a significant role in building our cities, streets and homes. Over the last decade, the total number of women in the construction industry has risen by about 31 percent. However, at Cat Footwear we know there has always been a strong force of powerful women working hard to be a successful force on job sites and we want to shine a light on them.

Women will only continue to influence the industry, reshaping traditional perceptions on who is qualified to craft a career in the trades. By recruiting more women and closing the pay gap, women are forging the path as an example for other industries of all kinds.

At Cat Footwear, we are working hard in everything we do to put into practice our core mission to champion progress to build a better future. Women are still fighting for their rightful recognition on the job-site and have often been overlooked.

Join us in working to lead a shift in not only the footwear industry, but the Women’s Work industry at large to start and lead the conversation to constantly strive for continuous improvement to recognize and support all the hard-working men and women in work.

#HiddenWomen
Tell Us Her Story.

We want to hear from you. Join us in recognizing often #HiddenWomen.

Share with us and the world how a woman you know in the trades and work industry has been making a name for herself in her career and why she deserves to be recognized by using #HiddenWomen and tagging @catfootwear on Instagram. Tag the woman you want to support and then ask her to share her own post to call out another woman that also deserves recognition to keep the support going.

Our mission is to encourage connection, support and community with women across all occupations in the work industry in the support and visibility we can bring to women workers in the pursuit of their passions and careers.

Together, we can bring recognition to the often overlooked force of women everywhere.

Who’s Emily?

Emily Warren Roebling.

The woman behind the man that built the Brooklyn Bridge.

Women throughout history have often been overlooked. Emily Warren Roebling is no exception. She oversaw the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband, Washington A. Roebling, the chief engineer on the project, fell ill.

Roebling took over the massive project- managing and communicating between city officials, workers, and her husband’s bedside to see the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge to completion. She would become the first person to cross the bridge, too — carrying a rooster with her, as the story has it, for good luck.

In 2020, as we look outward to the inspiring women of today, we continue to take a look back at Emily and other women in history who have paved the path for women workers everywhere to continue to blaze their own trails.

How to Enter:

This contest is now closed, but we’d still love to see all the women in work by using #HiddenWomen and tagging @catfootwear.

Grand Prize Announcement
May 24th, 2020

The day Emily Roebling first walked across the completed Brooklyn Bridge, a project she helped to lead, we will be announcing our winner of the #HiddenWomen contest and Grand Prize.

Grand Prize:

  • Emily Warren Roebling Achievement Award recognizing one women in the work industry for her hard work and accomplishments
  • $5,000 to further your career and profession
  • Brand Ambassador to be featured in our social media and marketing for an upcoming new women’s work boot launch

By participating in this contest, you agree to the Official Rules here.

#HiddenWomen

Know an inspiring tradeswomen? Join us in starting a movement to recognize hard-working women and their stories on Instagram by using #hiddenwomen and tagging @catfootwear. 

I vow to keep my feet planted, to grow and to flourish because I belong here. *

You belong here. *

We belong here. *

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. *

If you ever need to talk, if you ever need support, if you ever need an extra push to make your next move, if you ever just need to relate to someone because you feel alone or defeated, or just need some positivity please drop into my DM’s. Empowered women empower women.
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What does it mean to be a #HiddenWoman 🤔 To me, the majority of women (myself included) are hidden, working in the world of construction. We might be doing behind the scenes work like invoicing and accounting, we could be driving a dumptruck at night when there is zero traffic. We aren’t always seen for the multitude of tasks we perform in this industry, and often it means we also aren’t recognized ⭐️ When I see my trucks driving, I wonder if anyone would think “Hey, I’ll bet a lady owns that!”. When I leave a parking lot after doing a good job of clearing I wonder if anyone might ever think - surely a girl did that 😉 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’ve been working in this field, in almost every capacity, on and off-site for 15 years now. I have yet to meet one person that isn’t surprised this is the work I do. They are always intrigued, they ask me how I got started and what it’s been like... It makes me proud that as women we often have the opportunity to change the perception of what this work and like, and role-model who can do the job 💪🏽 I relate to the Emily Roebling story shared on the catfootwear IG. She was being mentored by her husband from his bedside. I’ve been mentored by great men also. She watched her husbands work closely and was able to take on a massive project when the time called for it. I’ve watched every single thing around me for 15 years in hopes to be better, be independent. And then she walked, chicken in hand, across the bridge she facilitated the construction of. Some days I walk with my chicken too. I feel that pride in accomplishment and it makes this grind so very, very worth it ♥️ #HiddenWomen, #HiddenWoman, catfootwear #WomenInConstruction, #WomenInTrades, #WeOutHere ...

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Nominating sadat_gutierrez for #Hiddenwomen by catfootwear . Sadat is one of the sweetest, most hardworking young ladies I know. I met her last summer skillsusa NLSC. She introduced herself to all of the ladies in the masonry competition and I just knew we would be good friends. She is awesome and I know her future is so bright in the industry!
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The NEW faces of 2020 #essentialworkers #essential #workingclass #womeninconstruction #ibew #ironworker #solidarity #catworkwear #letsdothework #bluecollarlife #bluecollarbabes #newfacesof2020 #facesof2020 #pandemic #pandemic2020 #ppe #facemask #lifeduringthepandemic #constructionlife #humansofconstruction #newlook #hiddenwomen #mygirls #sisterhood #sistersquad #sisters #tradeswomen ...

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Having a BAD a$$ day! 🔥
Christmas came early... 🎁

I went on my 1st NON-DIGITAL site visit today! 🎉. What a sigh of RELIEF, y’all. When I got the call this morning, I thought I was still dreaming!! I still might be? Somebody pinch me. 🥴
Anyways, what better way to getting back to normal than showing up in my new Hi-Vis polo from bad_northamerica. I can honestly say that it’s the first HI-VIS polo made just for women that fit me JUST RIGHT. You can tell just how much effort they put into tailoring it to get the right fit.. and BONUS it wasn’t PINK! I am so glad more companies like bad_northamerica are stepping up to the plate, listening to our pleas for comfortable, flattering apparel made just for women (& they provide REAL SAFETY colors other than pink) so that we can get the job done while being SAFE. •




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Sporting my new hivissupply PINK💕 shirt and I’m feelin’ SEEN. This shirt is so comfortable in this early summer HEAT. 🔥🔥 *

I’m on my way to purchase one of these for my great friend and colleague Mary so we can be SEEN showing up full throttle and result driven together as the ONLY TWO women at our company. I’ll share her story soon - so check back in SOON!! #hiddenwomen 💕 *
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On Wednesday’s we wear pink 💕

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Sometimes life doesn’t always go as planned. In our industry, our schedules require us to perform at a fast pace whether we are delivering a project on a small or large scale. It’s easy to become anxious and feel frustrated when things are delayed for various reasons - especially when project completion is dependent on the completion of each unique phase. COVID-19 has brought many of these moments as manufacturers have been forced to temporarily close or slow their operation in order to work safely. In these moments, I challenge you to be positive. Focus your time & energy towards completing additional quality checks, focus on site cleanliness - a clean site is a safe site, implement additional safety ed with your team, and go the extra mile to ensure that the next stages of your project will be seamless upon overcoming that set back! Oh - and don’t forget to be completely transparent with your client through the bumps in the road! Your honesty and willingness to transparent is more valuable than you many of us may realize. •
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Build a bridge & get over it, they said.

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What they didn’t say is this:

• The challenges you’ll face will be rigorous beyond your greatest imagination.

• The work doesn’t stop when you “clock out”.

• You’re mind will tell your body when to quit, not the other way around.

• You’ll find more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

• You’ll learn to sweat the big stuff, not the small. You’ll become good at stomping on mole holes so you can re-focus on the overall picture.

• You’ll bridge the gap between who you were and who you wanted to be.

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#buildlikeagirl #femalecontractor #toolsofthetrade #womeninconstruction #buildwomenup #bridges #womenwhobuild #preparetobeseen #tradieladyclub #generalcontractor #vision #2020vision #construction #jobsite #officeviews #empoweredwomen #empowerwomen #tradielady #projectmanagement #winc #womenofpm #hiddenwomen #projectmanagement #constructionlife #jobsite #hivis #pmp
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Dangerous female? You bet she is!
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This is Nicolette: a feminist, woman, mother, wife, dear friend, support crew and collector of degrees!! The list really could go on.....
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In fact it does..... Nicolette is a researcher, writer, photographer ... And ... She is completing her PhD in oral history, specifically that of women in Australian history. Please visit hidden.women and www.hiddenwomen.com.au to learn & unlearn so much.
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Nicolette is passionate about supporting the local community. She has been there for us when we needed her most, even while she was in the depths of her own mountain of work. She has supported us from the beginning, believing in us & all that we do. Nicolette helped us to finalise our grant proposals during lockdown 1.0 & she didn't bat an eye lid in helping.
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When Nicolette is not working, homeschooling, playing zombies, researching & writing, she can be found spreading cheer with her laneway gardening, enjoying fresh air & exploring all the hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.
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Originally growing up on Gubbi Gubbi Country on the Sunshine Coast, Nicolette now calls GunaiKurnai Country, Gippsland her home & gee whizz, are we happy to have her.
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Have you had the pleasure of working with Nicolette yet?
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I forgot to take a picture of my fancy new tools for tool Tuesday! ... So have a picture of me using an air gun instead 🙌😂💪⚒️.... Sat on top of the west front the view was amazing!! ⛪ Here I'm cutting a joggle in to stone to pour hot lead in to, which locks the stones in to place 👍⚒️⛪
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#womeninthetrade #womeninconstruction #tradeswomenofig #tradielady #tradieladyclub #stonemasonry #stonemason #mason #masonry #craft #craftswoman #hiddenwomen #lincolncathedral #lincoln
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Let’s CHAT! 🗣 I want to get to know you better. Tell me what you do and your favorite part of your job! *

As a General Contractor my favorite part of the job is working with and learning alongside our trade partners, and being involved - hands on from start to finish. 👏🏻 *

#womeninconstruction #womeninconstructionwednesday #WorkFromHome #Covid19 #essential #construction #constructionsite #officelife #tradie #tradieladyclub #tradielady #projectmanagement #winc #womenofpm #hiddenwomen #projectmanagement #constructionlife #jobsite #hivis #pmp #women #projectsfordays #project #futureofWFH #WFH #Planning #design #empoweredwomen #empowerwomen #generalcontracting
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Happy #WCW to all my ladies! Sorry it’s so late 🙈... but I have an important message for you. 🔻🔻🔻READ BELOW 🔻🔻🔻 This week has been... different. 🦠 Quarantine has had a strange effect on people. In a good way. I’ve begun to noticed small changes in the way people interact digitally. People have gotten a lot more personal in their entries and closings.
A small WIN for me and quite possibly other women in the industry: a contact I’ve worked with for months ALWAYS addresses me as “Mr.” or “Sir”. Today I received an email addressed to “Miss” and there were NO “Sir”s to be found. I’m sure I’m not the only one that is mistakenly addressed as a man through digital correspondence, intentionally or unintentionally... as offensive as it can be for some to be addressed this way, remember that you can be the CAUSE of these changes. Gracefully, not forcefully.
Show up every damn day. Work as hard as you can. Carry yourself with grit and grace. Always be honest and do the right thing... no matter what... there are no exceptions.
May we be more intentional when corresponding with others in the industry, especially other women. May we pave the way to a more inclusive tomorrow, TODAY.
#womeninconstruction #womeninconstructionwednesday #WorkFromHome #Covid19 #essential #construction #constructionsite #officelife #tradie #tradieladyclub #tradielady #projectmanagement #winc #womenofpm #hiddenwomen #projectmanagement #constructionlife #jobsite #hivis #pmp #women #projectsfordays #project #futureofWFH #WFH #Planning #design #womeninconstruction #empoweredwomen #empowerwomen
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Chinking our beautiful cabin! This is definitely one of the most tedious jobs, but also one of my favorites. I love the small detail work! Building a home is just like doing one giant art project 😄
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I'm not very tall, but if you give me 2 6x6's, a couple three steps, and some off cut 8x8's, I'll figure it out 😉

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She may not ever join me FULL TIME in the #construction industry but I sure can show her how to shatter a few glass ceilings along the way 💪🏻🦺✨

#buildlikeagirl #femalecontractor #toolsofthetrade #womeninconstruction #buildwomenup #roofing #womenwhobuild #badasswomen #preparetobeseen #thestorm #refraction #tradieladyclub #womeninconstructionwednesday #generalcontractor #vision #2020vision #construction #jobsite #officeviews #empoweredwomen #empowerwomen #tradielady #projectmanagement #winc #womenofpm #hiddenwomen #projectmanagement #constructionlife #jobsite #hivis #pmp #women
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Missing views like this, but I guess it’s nice to take breaks? Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about it. I could be mad or sad but I’m not. I’ve prayed about it and that’s all I can do right now. I know that things will work out according to the plan God has and I’m totally alright with that!
•“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

• #masonry #stabila #beatruepro #trueproladies #encouragement #hiddenwomen #faithoverfear
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