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Celebrating Trailblazing Women in the Building Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2024 11:53:15 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, Women in the trades, women in trades, National Women in Construction Week, DEI

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The future is brighter than ever for women in the building trades, and we owe it all to the trailblazing women who came before us. These pioneers not only broke through huge barriers, carving a space for themselves in a traditionally male-dominated field but also laid a strong foundation for future generations.

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Construction Trades Offer Great Careers for Moms

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2023 10:00:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, career opportunities, construction workers, Women in the trades, women in trades

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Mothers play an incredibly important role in our society. They’re often the backbone of their families, working hard to love, nurture, and provide for their children to ensure they have the best possible future. The value they bring not only to their families, but to the workforce and world around them, is undeniable.

Traditionally, women have gravitated towards careers in healthcare, education, and other service industries. But there is a growing movement of mothers who are pursuing careers in the construction trades. And they’re thriving.

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Why More Women Are Choosing Careers in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2023 11:28:51 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, careers, career opportunities, Women in the trades, women in trades

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It’s an exciting time to be a woman in the trades. While it’s no secret that the construction trades have historically been a male-dominated industry, women are breaking down barriers and making their mark in the trades. You can now find women on most job sites, working in a wide range of trades, from carpentry and plumbing, to electrical and HVAC.

In fact, over the last five years, the number of tradeswomen increased by over 32%! 

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Breaking the Bias: Women in Construction

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2022 9:15:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, Women in the trades, women in trades

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Did you know that women made up only 11% of the construction industry in 2021, despite making up nearly half of the entire workforce in the U.S.?

Why? There’s a longstanding notion that construction work is a man’s work. A notion that women don’t belong on job sites; that they’re not strong enough or smart enough for jobs in construction. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Yet, this perception is so ingrained in our society many women don’t realize that construction trades are a path open to them, AND the path is open, and open wide.

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A Rich History: Women in the Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2021 11:19:32 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, careers, Women in the trades, women in trades

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When you think of the building trades, you think of men, plain and simple. But did you know that women actually have a long history in the trades and labor movement?

The earliest records go back to the 13th century in Spain, but women were likely involved in building long before then. Though historically, women often haven’t gotten the fame or the glory for much of the work they’ve done, women have proven time and time again, century after century, that work in the building trades is far from “man’s work.”

For example, did you know that we can thank a woman, Emily Warren Roebling, for the Brooklyn Bridge? Her father in-law designed the bridge, and her husband took over as the chief engineer on the job after his father passed away. That is, until he himself fell very ill and became bedridden. Dedicated to seeing the project to completion, Emily first served as a liaison, relaying information between her husband and his assistants on-site. But over time, Emily took over the majority of the project management, day-to-day supervision, and became unofficially known as the chief engineer of the project. In 1883, after 14 years of construction, 10 of them with Emily at the helm, Emily Warren Roebling was the first person to cross the bridge and is hailed as the first woman engineer.

And of course, we all know and love Rosie the Riveter of the World War II era, who made a HUGE impact on a generation of women in the workforce. Such an impact, that in less than 5 years, women rose from 27% to 37% of the workforce thanks to the government’s campaign. These women were the pioneers for women in the skilled trades, and they did much more than rivet - they served as electricians, welders, engine repair mechanics, manufacturers, and much more - and they did it well. They took great pride in their work and played an undeniable role in the war effort. Without these women’s gumption, our country, economy, and our current workforce would have suffered considerably. They helped to pave the way.

Sadly, after the war was over many women returned to their pre-war lives, and their presence in the trades waned over time. Today, women comprise only 10.3 percent of the construction workforce in the US. Women are clearly an untapped resource for the skilled trades. The benefits of having more women in the workforce are undeniable, and the skilled trades want and need more women.

Ladies, the skilled trades need you! The career opportunities are bountiful, the work is rewarding, and the sky is truly the limit in terms of opportunities. Did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median weekly income of a union construction worker substantially exceeds sixteen out of the twenty most common occupations for women? Amazing!

While it may not be widely talked about or celebrated, women have a rich history in the trades, and it’s only just beginning. We applaud the women who have forged paths for the women of today, and we invite you to #ChoosetoChallenge the notion that the building trades are best suited for men.

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The Trades Offer Great Career Opportunities for Women

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 17, 2021 1:50:48 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction jobs, careers, career opportunities, Women in the trades, women in trades

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It’s true that when you picture a construction site, you probably don’t picture a sea full of women. But just because it’s a traditionally male-dominated industry, doesn’t mean that there aren’t more and more women joining the skilled trades workforce, and for good reason!

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Gender roles do not exist in the construction industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2018 8:15:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, Construct Your Future, career opportunities, Women in the trades

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Working in an industry that is predominately male can be intimidating for some women, but a growing number of females are proving they can have satisfying, successful careers despite being outnumbered on a construction jobsite.

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