In 1978, President Jimmy Carter issued an amended executive order that was supposed to increase the work hours for women on construction projects that received federal money. He set a goal that women would hold 6.9 percent of work hours within the next four years. But now, 38 years later, the national average is still between 2 and 3 percent.
In Massachusetts, the percentage is a little higher, at around 5 percent. That's part of a change that the Policy Group on Tradeswomen's Issues has been pushing for for years.
Listen to the NPR/WBUR interview here.