'The House That She Built': How a Children's Book Is Paving the Way for More Women in Construction
There aren’t enough women in construction. Mollie Elkman wants to change that.
Canadian Floor Covering Magazine:
Early Education Key to Expanding Skilled Labour Pool
A new book aims to help bridge the gap of the skilled labour shortage by educating and exposing children, particularly young girls, to construction-related careers and elevating women in the industry.
Tile Letter Magazine:
New children’s book elevates women in the construction trades
Only 3% of the onsite workforce in the housing industry is women, although 90% of women make the home-buying decisions.
Mutually Inclusive Books:
Author Spotlight: Mollie Elkman
On Today’s Author Spotlight we are chatting with Mollie Elkman about her debut, The House That She Built – an empowering picture book that educates young readers about the people and skills that go into building a home.
NAHB Charman's Letter: A Toolkit to Combat the Labor Shortage
Our industry, which has been an economic bright spot for the broader economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, can show young people that residential construction offers well-paying jobs and satisfying careers.
South Philly Review:
Building birdhouses together
Author Mollie Elkman, who wrote the book “The House That She Built,” led a hands-on inspirational program on Friday, showing young girls their potential in careers in construction.
A Hands-On Lesson in Construction
Can we build it? Yes we can — a message from women in construction to young girls
Women make up less than 3% of all the people in construction, but a book and a program going into some Philadelphia schools is aiming to change that. The intention is to teach girls and boys that women can tackle any job they want to.
The National Launch of The House That She Built
New children’s book shows girls that women can build houses too
About a half-dozen young children, around 5 years old, got a taste of the building trades on the front lawn of the Smith Memorial Playground in Fairmount Park, where they assembled a prefabricated bookshelf in the shape of a house.