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how many ladies in the business

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnwizards, Dec 11, 2003.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    Just curious. i see all these threads about young and old, just wanted to see how many ladies are in the business and if you had a harder time in breaking in.

  2. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    Well, I don't know about the lady part...;) but yes, it is an uphill struggle to break stereotypes. I find many people have a hard time grasping the idea of me doing physical labor. They judge by appearance, and I don't look like a rough and tough manly woman, so it is assumed that I won't work hard for fear of breaking a nail. I just wrote about it recently here. People never cease to amaze me. Gotta love them. I figure I am changing the world, one idiot at a time.:p
  3. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    MB, my wife works with me. Not the owner, but an equal partner. WE hear the same stuff. ( ignorant comments) My wife is thin but strong and can work the whole day using the mowers, 2 cycle, mulch , etc. The amazing thing is women comment to her about doing this kind of a job. It's not like she is working a street corner. Other customers see this as a good thing. (lawncare) I guess the idiots are everywhere. Hang in there. Matt
  4. indmowing

    indmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    lol @ MB and the Breaking a nail comment. There are so many stereotypes around and virtually everyone has to deal with others impressions of them. The young, the old, the pierced and tattooed etc etc. People are very judgmental and some people are just outright shallow.

    We have several female contractors in our group and they seem to do extremely well in the business.

    I had a lovely old lady ask me once if she could have a different contractor to the one who was servicing her at the time as she wanted long term. I informed her that the contractor was not going anywhere lol, she informed me that they were to well dressed and educated to stay in this profession. This was a male contractor.

    People are funny, but as always (and I have heard the young contractors say the same) once they see the job you do they get over their ignorance pretty quickly :)

    We have a group of girls in Sydney who are ex strippers and they have been going over a year now.

    Take care everyone

  5. LOL do the strippers stripe <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_1_26.gif' border=0></a>
  6. indmowing

    indmowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    Nice pic Odin hehe

    Actually I think they may have skimped on the outfits. They were really going to use the "Ex Striper" side of things to their advantage. I am not sure if they are still going this way however.

  7. NorrisG

    NorrisG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    My sister and I are both in the business. We're part timers and all of our business has come from either word of mouth or by people seeing us out working- so I guess most are "forewarned" that we're female. Next year we plan to seek more accounts thru advertising and may run into more stereotypes that way.

    Norris Ann
  8. maelawncare

    maelawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 418

    I dont run any girls. But a local landscapper runs 6 girls on his crew, he is the only guy.

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