Georgia Foley is the only full-time female underground electrician at Whitehaven Coal.
The "pioneering" achievements of women like her are set to be lauded in the new campaign 'In Her Boots' launched by podiatrist Penny Crawford.
Ms Foley has just won the NSW Training Awards special award for a Woman in a Non -Traditional Trade or Vocation. She says there are a lot of women going into open cut mines now.
"In high school I knew I wanted to become an electrician and so I applied to the open cut mines once I had finished school," she said.
"I was lucky enough to have been chosen ... I had began my dream job and couldn't be happier with how my career in the mines has progressed."
Working in a male dominated industry surprisingly didn't take as much time as she thought to get used to.
Every job has its challenges and bad days which is normal but I have had my challenges being a woman in a non-traditional trade and to some men in the industry, it shouldn't be that way.- Georgia Foley
"Every job has its challenges and bad days which is normal but I have had my challenges being a woman in a non-traditional trade and to some men in the industry, it shouldn't be that way," she said.
"I love my job and am very motivated. I have no trouble with doing 'what all the men can do' and that's part of why I love it.
"Its challenging and its hard but that makes it so much better and more interesting. It's a great feeling to prove them wrong and show that I can do a 'males job' just as well as they can."
Stereotypically, women are underrepresented in the mining industry says Penny Crawford, Gunnedah podiatrist and designer behind the 'Crawford boot'.
She feels it's important to start a conversation around the changing face of mining and the women behind it.
"Australia has a rich history of women pioneering innovation, and female participation in the mining industry is creating momentum for continuous improvement," she said.
"I feel it is incredibly important to recognise and showcase some of Australia's influential women in mining, getting their perspectives on not only the Crawford Boot but the industry as a whole," Ms Crawford explained.
"We want to show real women speaking on what they're passionate about."
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