Carly Gayle is a 30-year-old mom of one, and she has been working as a plumber since she was 15 years old.
She recently revealed what it’s like for a woman to work as a plumber, and she said that hundreds of shocked customers have asked her “Where is the man?” when she turns up.
She started out her career by helping out her dad’s business at weekends, and she now makes an impressive £36,000 ($47,000) a year from her successful plumbing business. However, she says that she constantly battles sexism in her job.
Even though some customers doubt her abilities in the field, she told LadBible that her services are in high demand, especially from fellow women and older or vulnerable customers.
She was just one of two women and 200 men at trade college, and she said that she once had a woman tell her that she looks like a mode, and she couldn’t believe that Carly is a plumber.
Carly said that there were almost no women around in plumbing when she was an apprentice, and many people have asked “Where’s the man” when she would have turned up at jobs. Many people also didn’t believe that she’s qualified or able to do the job.
She also added that there have been times when she would be looking at tools at stores, knowing exactly what she wants, and have group of men come up to her and tell her “to watch out not to hurt herself”.
She would then just flash them her Gas Safe register card, and they would shut up.
Even though the comments used to get to her in the past, they have made her thick-skinned now and more feisty.
Even though she often receives rude comments, she said that nothing could put her off the trade she loves, especially because it’s there where she met her factory worker husband, Danny, who is the father of her 3-year-old son Marcus.
He thought it was brilliant that she was training to become a plumber, and even though she used to do a lot of the practical jobs around the house, he is doing a lot more of that kind of stuff now that they’re married.
Even though Andrew, Carly’s dad, didn’t actually want his daughter to go into the trade at first, it was him to taught her everything she knows.
Even though Carly thinks that attitudes towards women in the trade are, thankfully, getting much better, there’s still a long way to go in terms of gender equality, and she would like to see more encouragement for girls to consider a manual career.