PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Women make up less than 3% of all the people in construction, but a book and a program going into some Philadelphia schools is aiming to change that. The intention is to teach girls and boys that women can tackle any job they want to.
Kelly Ireland is a rarity. The mother of two is a master plumber, and she owns her own company, TPG Mechanical, in Philadelphia.
"I didn't get into plumbing until I was 26. I fell in love with it," she said.
Ireland is now working to make the profession more visible to young girls and other women.
"I think any type of trades gives you a sense of accomplishment, it gives you a sense of purpose," Ireland said.
She was part of a group of builders, all women, who put a house together in Utah. And Thursday she and a team of women — architects, landscape designers and others with jobs crucial to building a house — stopped by Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School to inspire the elementary students.
"I think it's very important to show that women are doing this, too, because it's assumed that it's a man's work," she said.