To mark International Women’s Day, we spoke to Pauline Swaby, Victoria Mayhook and Eve Firmino from the Enhancements team of the CP6 Anglia Framework.  

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Pauline: We can celebrate the cultural and social achievements of women.

Eve: This is a day where I can reflect how proud I am to be a woman and recognise the progress I’ve made in my career and personal life.

Victoria: A chance to celebrate all of the amazing women in my life and to celebrate the support from the men in my life to get where I am personally and professionally today.

What women have positively impacted you in your life, education or career?

Victoria: I am lucky enough to have a lot of women in my life that I look up to; my mum, my two sisters, aunties, cousins, friends, previous managers, colleagues and a lot of extremely physically strong women in the CrossFit gym. But I am also lucky enough to have a lot of men in my life that encourage, support and invest in me and realise that gender is not even a question.  Anything is possible if I work for it.

Eve: Michelle Obama.  Her name alone says everything.  These following quotes mean a lot to me:

“Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

“As women we must stand up for ourselves and each other for justice for all”

“One lesson that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what someone says distract you from your goals.”

Pauline: My mother

Why did you want a career in the construction industry?

Eve: It's in my DNA.  My grandfather was a project manager in Angola, my father was an architect, and my partner is an electrical engineer, and I just adore it. Even though I'm performing administrative work, I really enjoy learning about the projects in which my team is involved, and I'm excited to start visiting sites again.

What advice do you have for women starting out in this industry?

Victoria: Get stuck in. Especially on site. Be confident, there is nothing that men can do that we can’t!

Pauline: Be firm and strong, don’t be afraid of working with men.

Eve: Don't be afraid to try something new or be intimidated. Some of the best experiences come from the most unique opportunities.

What has you excited about the future?

Eve: There are so many options to advance in the construction industry that the sky is the limit. It excites me to watch the advancement within my own peers, as if it could happen to me at any time.

Pauline: Being able to bring forward my experience to others working in this industry.

Victoria: I have really enjoyed my time in the construction industry and at Murphy’s so far and I appreciate the support from all of my colleagues, both men and women. I am excited to progress even further, share my experience with others and maybe even one day encourage a daughter of my own into construction.  

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