Women in Construction. Let's get more Diverse in the field

SheGetItDone
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Answer this: 
Why are careers in the construction industry still “nontraditional” for women? 

Women can handle the same power tools and operate the same machinery as men. 

Many women love to build things and get a lot of satisfaction from working with their hands – just like many men. 


With so many positions available across the construction industries.

Why is it so hard to recruit and retain?

One cause for this is because one generation the baby boomers lead the way for decades.
The first baby boomers reached the standard retirement age of 65 in 2011. It's 2019 and we are just midway through the baby boomer retirement period
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Check out Lane Construction Women in Construction video below. (Not related to Micheal Lane)



Women are looking for a career (or 2nd career) that they can count on (no more dead-end jobs), that pays well (no more working three jobs and still having to worry about finances), no student loans(be a homeowner), that offers  a feeling of accomplishment and pride (“I built that!”), and are taking a chance in the skilled trades sector but not at the numbers needed.  

It's time to change the mindset.


1908 Muller v State of Oregon, 208 U.S. 412 (1908): The U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oregon’s 10-hour workday for women. The win is a double-edged sword: the protective legislation implies that women are physically weak.
1938 The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum wage without regard to sex.
1964 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act passes including a prohibition against employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.

1978 The Pregnancy Discrimination Act bans employment discrimination against pregnant women.

1987 Johnson v. Santa Clara County, 480 U.S. 616 (1987): The U.S. Supreme Court rules that it is permissible to take sex and race into account in employment decisions even where there is no proven history of discrimination but when evidence of a manifest imbalance exists in the number of women or minorities holding the position in question.

2018 The percentage of women in construction is currently at 9.9%. But of the 8.3 million that were employed in field production of the construction and extraction industries in 2018, only 3.4% were women. While in the past 15 years the percentage of women classified as construction managers, has grown from 5.9%  to 7.7%.


How do we get more young women to enter apprenticeships and other training programs?

Women are not taking the career paths of yesteryear like nursing, teaching, or baby making.  
Be a baby maker, then get back out to the field.

Check out this WIC 


The days of fathers/sons working in the field together will probably always be a thing. But watch out for the fathers/daughters, and the mother/daughters working in the field together in the future.





Oh, I don't have the answers just something to think about.

What did your organization do to recognize Women in construction month? (March)

Check out this Ah-Ha moment.
Do you know what they say about Karma? If not here you go. Let's take a trip up North


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