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Women in Construction

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in the construction industry? There are jobs in the construction trades, there are educational and employment programs to help get you there. The Huffington Post’s blog focuses on the stories of women working in the construction field in New York City.

A Day in the Life of a Woman in Construction — 20 Questions for Women in Construction

By Amy A. Peterson
Huffington Post

Hard Hats. Strong Women. Building the Future.

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) prepares, trains and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility and maintenance trades, helping women achieve economic independence and a secure future.NEW graduates are working as carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, laborers, plumbers and operating engineers.

NEW was founded in 1978, when less than 3 percent of engineers were women and less than 6 percent of architects were women. Today, those percentages are above 13 percent and 25 percent, respectively. The number of tradeswomen hasn’t grown as fast. Nationwide less than one percent of carpenters were women in 1978 and by 2009 the percentage nationwide was still less than 2 percent. According to the New York Building Congress analysis, “Construction remains a male-dominated industry, with men accounting for 93 percent of all workers.” However, in New York City, the number of women in construction is growing. Today, thanks to a unique partnership between NEW, labor unions, contractors, and government, 10 percent of the apprentices in the building and construction trades in New York City are women.

Follow our blog to hear the stories of women working in construction in New York City at every level as we ask 20 questions to women working in construction.

Denise Doyle, D.C. 9 Painter, Recruitment Manager of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), Recording Sec of Local 20 D.C. 9, Executive Board Council Delegate, Trustee – D.C. 9- Council Delegate

What was your first job in construction? Sanding walls

What is your current job? Recruitment Manager and Painting Instructor at Nontraditional Employment for Women

Read the complete article – HERE

Help prepare more women for these careers — support NEW on JobRaising.

Some day who knows – the “Nontraditional” may need to be dropped as more and more women take on the skilled trades to build their future.