As part of our celebration of Women in Construction, Etag Fixings would like to take a look at some pivotal women in history for construction. In our previous blog, we celebrated the achievement of Sarah Guppy, who patented a new design which helped to construct the first suspension bridge in the world in the 1820’s.

There are many more women who changed construction with their skills. Women like Hedy Lemarr, who as well as being a famous actress, was a pioneer for wireless communication. Lemarr co-invented the spread spectrum technology which would go on to galvanise the digital communications industry years later. Without her engineering skills, technology that we use today in the construction industry would not be possible.

Emily Roebling was the project manager for one of the most incredible feats of engineering of the 1800’s. When her husband became sick, she managed the day to day aspects of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling carried out her own studies of the materials used, the calculations and stress analysis.

Caroline Harriet Haslett was an electrical engineer in the early 1900’s. She founded the Electrical Association for Women and promoted how electricity could “liberate them from household drudgery”. Haslett was also an activist for women in engineering.


There are many more women from all parts of the world that have paved the way for women in construction. There are also many modern women who are brilliant role models for the future women in construction. The gender gap is closing and women still continue to excel in the construction industry.

Celebrating Women In Construction

Etag would like to celebrate International Women’s Day by showcasing the amazing talents of the women of Etag Fixings UK. As the month of March goes on, we will be introducing the women, who are part of our team through LinkedIn with our #MeetTheEtagTeam

Women only count for 12% in the construction workforce, with 2% in manual trade according to CIOB. There is a lack of female role models in the construction industry but it is increasing. Women have been in the construction industry for a long time. In 1811, Sarah Guppy patented a ‘New Mode Of Constructing and Erecting Bridges and Railroads Without Arches’. She later gave her designs for free to Thomas Telford, who went to build the world’s first suspension bridge in Menai in 1826.

The majority of women are in the design, managerial and sectorial jobs in construction but at Etag Fixings, we support women in all areas of construction. The women that work here are strong women with an amazing knowledge of our products and customer’s needs.

We shall also be reminding you of the successful women like Sarah Guppy in the construction/engineering industry who have paved the way over the years!