just watch her poem the plumbette

Just Watch Her

Every new challenge has a rival. Every dream has a setback.

No matter how determined you are in achieving your goals this year, there will be something that will try to deter you to stop.

Don’t let it.

Change is never easy to put into action and it’s never easy to accept.

Not all dreams are smooth sailing to achieve.

But you have to dig deep, build yourself up and believe you can do what you’ve set out to do.

This year, I’d love to hear more success stories of women building a career in construction and the trades.

It’s not because I want women to dominate these industries, it’s simply because there are women who are wired to work with their hands, and sadly they’re being denied the opportunity to give their dream career a go.

There are many reasons why male dominant industries should have a balanced gender representation.

But there is still old thinking and chauvinistic attitudes that plague the industry.

If you’re a woman trying to be taken seriously in a male dominant job, I wrote this poem for you.

It was inspired by a poem written by a teenager that when read backwards, would have a different message to when it was read forwards.

I want to encourage you that no matter what you are facing, you have the skills and perseverance to get through.

life will test you quote
My hope for all of you is that 2017 won’t be a year free of challenge (because reality isn’t perfect), but a year where you are more determined and full of strength to prove your naysayers wrong.

Anyone who says women can’t be tradies need to be proven wrong.

And I hope you are the one that does it.

Just Watch Her

Just watch her
She can’t do this.
Don’t try to tell her
she could do it if only she was a male.
It’s a useless quest.
A woman shouldn’t be on the tools.
It’s not right to think,
She’ll be better –
She won’t be good.
Try to assure her
she’s capable of other pursuits.
It’s a common thought
Male dominated industries aren’t a place for women.
It’s foolish, thinking
she can possibly be
a tradie?!
Who does she think she is?
She is nothing.
She’s deluded to think
she can do it.

Now read it backwards and be encouraged that you can do this.

She can do it
She’s deluded to think
She is nothing.
Who does she think she is?
a tradie?!
She can possibly be.
It’s foolish, thinking
Male dominated industries aren’t a place for women.
It’s a common thought,
She’s capable of other pursuits.
Try to assure her,
She won’t be good –
she’ll be better.
It’s not right to think,
A woman shouldn’t be on the tools,
It’s a useless quest,
She could do it if she was a male.
Don’t try to tell her
she can’t do this.
Just watch her.

just wach her her poem

Bring on 2017. I wish you a year of overcoming challenges and a year of amazing results after much persistence and hard work.

  • Bravo!! Well said and LOVE the poem!

  • This is so inspiring. I am sad to read that these attitudes still exist where women are concerned. It’s alien territory to me that these notions circulate. Your poem rocks! X

    • Thanks Jody. It took some time to get it right. Hope you’ve had a good start to your year. xx

  • Very inspirational, Bec.

  • Love the poem Bec! It is amazing what we can do when we set our minds to it!

  • Very good poem. It’s hard working in the construction field at times. Thankfully when I did so it was a fairly evenly balanced environment both with genders and cultures, so the relative lack of norms made people more equal.

    • We need to hear more about these environments that are balanced. It’s encouraging to read.

  • Wow, that is totally awesome Bec. I love it. And I love that you are inspiring women to do whatever the hell they want.

    • That means so much coming from a fabulous writer like you Jodi. xx

  • Great poem and love the concept. Very very clever!

    • Thanks Deborah. I hope you have a great new year. Your post today was thought provoking. x

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are so inspiring. You are also so clever, that poem is pure genius! x

    • Thanks Sammie. I think you’re inspiring too. xxxx

  • Wow what an inspiring post! That poem is incredibly though provoking

  • Lauren Threadgate

    Love the poem! My husband is a plasterer and sees some ladies painting, tiling and one electrician. They are severely underrepresented, but it’s good to hear some are making it

    • Yes, I love hearing other women’s success stories. I think it’s a great thing to have women on a construction site.

  • I love your poem. It’s amazing that women are still struggling to get ahead in these industries. Hopefully change is coming!

    • I hope so to Lara. It’s a long process for change I fear. x

  • This is amazing and so inspiring – the poem is just awesome! My husband is a tradie and has never worked with a women, despite having so many different SE jobs – I hope that changes soon x

    • It’s common for many tradesmen to have not worked with a female tradie because they aren’t as common, but I think we’re gonna see an influx soon, which I think is awesome.

  • Mumof3boys

    I love this! You’re spot on,m and so inspiring!

  • Love this! Very encouraging! I have tons of challenges ahead of me like going back to the workforce and even having a schedule for surgery in the coming weeks. Thanks for reminding me of my own strength. xx


    • I hope the surgery goes well Jacq. It can be scary to face challenges but I definitely believe they make us stronger when we face them and just go through them. xx

  • Love this.
    Thank you
    V x

  • This is great, Bec. Excellent words of wisdom for everyone (and nice work on the poem!)

  • Michelle @ Jarrah Jungle

    I love this how clever!