Of course, averages are averages and a man who is 6'8" or 5'2" will run into problems that the 5'10" woman will not, but overall, being smaller can have problems.
For instance, crash test dummies, according to the Guardian, weren't based on women until in the US. Seat belts sit differently when you have a chest and hips.
Safety equipment is based on male body shapes, which means that buying a smaller size can mean ill-fitted, because the average man--even a short one--doesn't have rounded hips and breasts. They shared the following example, which is horrifying:. When it comes to frontline workers, poorly fitting PPE can prove fatal.
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In , a British female police officer was stabbed and killed while using a hydraulic ram to enter a flat. She had removed her body armour because it was too difficult to use the ram while wearing it. Two years later, a female police officer revealed that she had had to have breast-reduction surgery because of the health effects of wearing her body armour. These things can be deadly, of course, but there are also things like the average size of bricks, portfolios, and even smartphones, that can make working more difficult.
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Can a woman keep up with her male coworkers if she has to use two hands to pick up bricks? Clearly, women are capable of texting on their phones, just as men are, but with smaller hands it can be difficult, not to mention, where do you put it if our professional wardrobe lacks pockets? Do we have to carry our purses around all the time? Most of us don't work fields that require bullet proof vests, but there are still problems with the differences between men and women.
Where do you store office supplies? Are there things on a top shelf that only the tall people can reach? Add a stool.
It is depicted as a job where you get your hands dirty, wear a hard hat, have a solid grounding in maths and physics and is dominated by men. This has resulted in a major gender gap in manufacturing made evident by the fact that:. When the UK manufacturing sector as a whole employs 2. According to a number of leading women in manufacturing, the problem starts in schools as girls are, generally speaking, not encouraged to consider manufacturing and engineering.
Putting it bluntly, we are taught even before we can walk that girls play with dolls and boys play with cars and Lego — this is something I struggle to comprehend as there seems no basis for it. As an aside, and from a very personal perspective, my favourite toy as child was a tractor and trailer that I pedalled around the garden delivering one brick at a time to my Dad who was laying a patio.
But back to the present. The dearth of woman in manufacturing is compounded by a generation gap.
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It often does not occur to family members unless there is someone with sufficiently up to date experience to encourage girls to pursue a manufacturing career. This is encouraging as not only did he design the Dyson need I say more , he is quoted as having said:. If this is the case, then why is manufacturing so male-dominated? Women can generate ideas, test principles and perfect engineering, as well as put parts together. Tariva Thomas Associate. Tariva is a member of the Tax and Financial Services Litigation team dealing with disputes relating to investments, tax avoidance schemes and pensions.
Tariva advises corporates, individuals, financial institutions and FCA regulated firms. As we move into relatively unchartered territory with autonomous vehicles and new privacy and data protection laws, companies have to look to new ways of keeping technology relevant, up to date and secure. Coventry and Warwickshire have long being synonymous with manufacturing, particularly the car industry: it was in Coventry that the first British motor car rolled out of the Daimler factory in and the city has never looked back.
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