What It’s Like to be a Woman Working in Construction

While women represent nearly half of the labor force, they hold only 2.6 percent of construction jobs, according to 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. There are more than 7,600,000 male construction workers in the U.S. but only about 206,000 women.

Here are some of those 206,00 women, telling their stories.

A Day in the Life of a Woman in Construction, written by Ana Taveras, a graduate of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), which prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades.

Twenty Questions for Women in Construction was a series of blog posts about female construction workers in NYC which ran on Huffington Post in 2013.

California’s Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) oversees an impressive building construction trades apprenticeship program. Here are the stories of apprentices Elena Talley and Frankie Roy.

5 Things I’ve Learned as a Female Working in Construction, posted by QueenAnneBoleynTudor at the online magazine Sunny Skyz.

I Was a Female Construction Worker For A Summer, And It Was The Best Job I’ve Ever Had, by Allie Ruhl at the online magazine Lala.

Patricia Valoy was not the typical worker when she began her apprenticeship at a construction site in college. As a woman of color, she is rare among construction workers: women make up just 2.6 percent of all employees in construction and extraction jobs, and about three-quarters of those women are white. So begins What It’s Like To Be One Of The Only Female Construction Workers In America in the online magazine Think Progress.

Into No Woman’s Land, War Stories of a Female Construction Worker is a book-length memoir by Amy R. Farrell about her life in heavy construction.

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