As if you hadn’t had enough stereotype-busting for one month, we’ve got another Working Women game changer for you today.
When we met Hattie Hasan, founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers, at WOW Festival this year, we were blown away by her energy, warmth and enthusiasm for what she did… so we asked her if she’d be in a Working Women podcast to spread the word. Now you can listen to Hattie talk about her journey:
‘When I was at school I wanted to study things like metalwork and woodwork and engineering… and back in the seventies, I was literally told: “No, you can’t do that. Those are boys’ subjects.”’
So Hattie followed her instinct and went into plumbing. But it didn’t take Hattie very long to realise how difficult it is for female plumbers to get hired – so she decided to do something about it.
She set up Stopcocks Women Plumbers, so that any woman who wanted to be a plumber could be self-employed as plumbers under the Stopcocks brand.
‘One of our plumbers said recently that we were her guardian angels… because having chosen plumbing, she was unable to get any further… she came [to us] right at the last minute. That was three years ago and now she’s running a thriving plumbing business.’
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