Ginger Edwards: Redefining A Girl’s Place In A Guy’s World

August 20, 2018

 

 

 

 

Our society suffers from the stigma of stereotypes.  Certain expectations hover over women when it comes to their homes, hobbies and workplace. 

 

Then there are women such as Ginger Edwards, a successful contractor and avid hunter, who breaks molds by prospering in a guy’s world.

 

As a 21-year-old single mother, Edwards’s “college education” came when  her father financed her first home project. Ginger’s dad was a contractor, but the two lived far apart. Ginger made her own way, growing not only as a contractor, but also as a female contractor—an atypical field among our state’s  female population.

 

“Even though my dad was a contractor, he was in Louisville, and I was in Jackson. It wasn’t like I had Dad physically there to help me,” Ginger says. “But I did have people along the way that spoke into wanting to help me do this.”

Edwards admits that she is still approached apprehensively. Knowing her stuff makes all the difference when potential power struggles arise.

 

After completing more than 30 homes, other opportunities such as remodels and consulting opened up.

 

“I wanted to learn every facet of the business,” she shares. 

 

Being the go-getter that she is, that's exactly what she did. 

 

Edwards was able to experience the evolvement of her business even into the development of a subdivision. 

 

Having a variety of jobs and projects appeals to Ginger. “I like to keep it different because I get bored with the same thing.” 

 

Another “different” avenue Edwards enjoys is hunting—again, a mostly-male world. 

 

 

These two worlds—hunting and contracting—joined to create a new business opportunity: consulting and building hunting lodges.

 

Along the way, Ginger has been adamant about the importance of people and the foundations her father taught her. 

 

Being highly competent and putting people first, Ginger has excelled in two male-dominated fields and shattered stereotypes.

 

 

 

 

Stereotypes, step aside.

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