College Talks About Diversifying The ‘White, Male World Of Construction’ With Women

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'Smith College is hosting a panel advocating to get more women into the construction industry, after government estimates report approximately three percent of construction workers in the U.S. are female.

Organized by college professor Carrie Baker, the all-female Massachusetts college will host the panel discussion titled, “Only 3% are Women?! A Forum on Diversifying the Construction Workforce” to try to get more women to join what has traditionally been a male-dominated profession. Baker teaches courses on gender, law, public policy, and feminist activism, including topical courses on sex trafficking, reproductive justice and sexual harassment.
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There are close to 6.5 million construction workers in the U.S., according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Following manufacturing, construction work is the second most fatal industry in America, a very likely deterrent to women entering the industry.'

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Ordnance disposal

I wonder when Smith'll do the same thing for ordnance disposal work or maybe garbage collection.

If you count back office jobs with construction cos., I bet a fair no. of women are indeed "in construction" already. Just, the great bulk will not be operating cranes or slinging asphalt. Some will be holding those "SLOW" signs though.

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