Women And The Construction Industry

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With the construction industry projected to grow over the next several years and project management positions in high demand, the makeup of the construction industry is often overlooked. When one looks at a job site, or even thinks about the construction industry, the most common image that comes to mind is men working away in hard hats and neon vests, with women completely irrelevant to this picture. Women are the largest untapped resource of the construction industry, as it is believed that men make up around 98 percent of the industry (Williams, 2015). For women entering into the world of construction, it is hard to penetrate the male stigma that clouds this field, which is why many women often do not pursue careers in construction. The stereotype of male construction workers must be challenged in order to help women thrive in the construction industry. Women are underrepresented in the construction industry due to a number of reasons such as, sexism, harassment, intimidation, and a downfall of opportunities. But why are women subject to such treatment, and how is it really affecting women, and largely, the progression of the construction industry? Patricia Valeroy, a young college student at Columbia University, began her first summer internship at a large construction company. Although studying civil engineering, her internship was a construction management position on a luxury high rise in New York (Covert, 2014). Eager to get started at what she thought would be the
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