Why women are better welders?


6th July 2022 author_smartweld Shalini Ghose

Welding is not everyone’s cup of tea. It needs hard work, determination, and devotion to weld two metals together to provide them a purpose. This combination of arts and science has been performed by males of the society since 400BC.

Many types of welding have evolved ever since, and it has become one of the most important aspects of day-to-day lives. Another thing that evolved in the welding industry is believing that only males are tough enough to handle the job.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, women account for 5% of the welding industry in 2021, compared to only 3.8% in 2020. The significant shift in data proves how women are breaking the norms and choosing this non-traditional career path to pursue their dreams.

First Women Welder

Solveig Erikstad is one of the first known women welders appointed by Ulstein in 1974 and has served the industry with love, passion, and excellence for almost 30 years.

Along with her, many successful women welders came into the picture around the same time to show the power and strength of womanhood in the pipeline welding industry and other industries.

Women as Welders

Welding is not a gender-specific role, but there is a certain element that every woman is providing to the welding industry. Women have a very different way of leading thoughts, emotions, and energies, and hence they show a very different approach toward traditionally male-associated jobs.

Ever since their evolution, women have been known to fix things. They fix everything with their emotional intelligence and their solution-oriented mindset. Women are bringing their innovations to the welding industry and performing the tasks efficiently.

Not that men are any less than women in the field, but a role that was initially connected with men, is experiencing advancement with women joining the workforce.

A girl is nothing less than a soldier in the welding field and can manage all the aspects of the on-field and off-field tasks.

Famous Women in Welding Industry

Many women have showcased their talent and achieved a position in welding. Some of the popular women welders are -

  • Lena Dotson, aka Carmen Electrode - She is not only doing a perfect job as a welder but is also inspiring millions of young girls to follow their dream in the welding profession regardless of social norms.
  • Elizaveta, aka The Russian Welding Girl - The Russian welding girl is putting gender-specific role mindset down by pursuing welding as a career in a nation known for its rigid gender-associated career expectations.
  • Florence DiTullio, aka “Woo Woo” Winnie the Welder - Florence DiTullio is a woman who helped her nation through WWII with her skills as a welder.
  • Eugenia Powell Deas and Gladys Theus - These women welders not only fought through WWII but also fought racism and proved that skills know no race.

So, if you, too, are a girl who is fascinated by the concept of welding, just wear your welding helmet, and win the welding industry with the power of your passion.


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