Who wants to work at a desk job when you can work outdoors with your hands (and with the help of power tools!)? Constructing something from nothing provides a great feeling of accomplishment. You can’t help but be proud of what you do. And who wouldn’t want to drive a bulldozer at least once in their lifetime?

 

Cleveland business looking to break the glass ceiling in construction by hiring predominately women

“Helping to bridge the gap for women in construction is something that those in the industry have said needs to happen for years, especially since the number has been decreasing since 2005.

So one local business owner is trying to change that by breaking the class ceiling wide open.”

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‘Women Building Futures' program aims to train women for careers in construction industry

“These days, women fill every job imaginable capably and confidently. But there’s one job where you still might not expect to see many women: construction. That’s why one program in Tampa, dubbed “Women Building Futures,” aims to train women to work in construction.

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More females are choosing construction as a career path at this Hialeah Gardens academy

“Working with bricks and cement was long perceived to be a man’s thing. Even the administration and planning sectors of the construction industry for years were exclusively male.

But a high school in Hialeah Gardens is helping put an end to that. The Latin Builders Association (LBA) Academy, a charter school, has more young women than men enrolled in studies programs tied to the construction industry. Programs vary from accounting and architecture to real estate.”

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Career camp introduces young women to careers in construction

“The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.

It’s mission to support women active in the construction industry.”

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More women are entering the construction trade, but job sites and equipment haven't adapted yet

“Even though the percentage of women who work in construction is still below 10 percent, the last decade has shown a steady increase of women in the field. And, with construction workers in high demand, women are finding it easier to find a job in construction nationwide.

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A Woman's Place: Women in Trades

“Construction worker Tranell Rock barely clears five-foot-two in steel-toe work boots. Though she’s 28, she could easily scam her way into a central casting call for high school students if she tried. As she chats with a cluster of hard-hatted coworkers — all of them male, and at least some of whom could be described as “hulking” — Rock is conspicuous in more ways than one.

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New Charleston group aims to represent women in construction industry

“Women make up only 9.1 percent of the construction in the United States, a number that has increased over time but still has significant growth potential. Though the construction industry has long been dominated by men, that’s something a local group of women is fighting to change.

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What It’s Like To Be One Of The Only Female Construction Workers In America

Valoy did complete her apprenticeship. That makes her unique. The NWLC report notes that women leave these programs at higher rates than men: in four of the five construction jobs that have the most women, more women than men still didn’t complete their programs.

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4 Myths That Keep Women Away from Non-Traditional Employment

“Women in non-traditional employment experience unique challenges that are exacerbated by working in fields where they are traditionally underrepresented and excluded, but they are also commonly overlooked in feminist discourses.

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Women in Construction

“The intent and goal of Women in Construction, Inc is to help women in architecture, engineering, construction, the trades, real estate, lawyers, and consultants build skills and develop relationships that will help both their firms and themselves in their continued success. To fulfill the organization’s purpose, the group organizes an annual conference dedicated to empowering women in the industry.

In addition to the substantive programs held during the conference, there are opportunities to acquire new skills while networking with industry professionals.”

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Women in Asphault

“Women of Asphalt Council is a national coalition which supports women in all aspects of the asphalt industry through mentoring, education, and advocacy, and by encouraging women to seek careers in the asphalt industry.
Vision Statement

We lead and inspire women in the asphalt industry.
Goals of Women of Asphalt Council

To foster and promote mentoring and networking opportunities for women in asphalt
To create professional development opportunities for women in asphalt through education and training
To advocate for women in the asphalt industry
To encourage other women to join the asphalt industry”

 

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