These Women Build Boston And Are Recruiting More To Join Them
(This article was originally published in April 4, 2017 by Bisnow).
Nearly 40 years after President Jimmy Carter signed an executive order mandating women hold 6.9% of work hours on construction projects receiving federal funds, the number still hovers between 2% and 3% nationally.
No state has come close to his aspirational rate until Massachusetts began to see a rise in women joining the industry in the last five years.
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PGTI co-founder Elizabeth Skidmore
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“Something is happening where, after decades of no progress, we’re beginning to see an increase in women in construction,” said Elizabeth Skidmore, business representative/organizer at the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and co-founder of the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues.
Women in construction apprentice programs in Massachusetts leaped from 180 in 2012 (4.2% of all active apprentices) to 473 (6.9%) in 2016.
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