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'
Women like (from left) Shamaiah Turner, Shara Noldseiro, and Jenaya Pina-Nelson have a brighter future, thanks to efforts to move females into well-paying construction trades. ...These days, when it comes to employing women in the trades, Massachusetts is among the leaders, according to Susan Moir, director of research for UMass Boston’s Labor Resource Center. (At the city level, not enough good data exist to make comparisons between Boston and other major metros around the c