A Push For More Women In Construction In Massachusetts

 

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. 

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