June 11, 2014
Sexual harassment, gender stereotypes and lack of mentors drive low percentage of women in industry
(Washington, D.C.) Women represent nearly half of the labor force, but hold only 2.6 percent of construction jobs, according to a comprehensive report released today by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC). The miniscule share of women in construction, a relatively highly paid industry, has barely budged in the past 35 years and is due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in this nontraditional field. There are more than 7,600,000 male construction workers in the U.S. but only about 206,000 women. In sharp contrast, the share of women in many other male-dominated jobs — such as correctional officers and firefighters — has grown dramatically during this same period.
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