Nationwide, there is a shortage of skilled and qualified labor in construction. The construction industry is, however, still male-dominated: women make up only 3% of the construction industry. If the number of women working in construction were simply doubled (which would still be a low percentage of the workforce), this would address the overall shortage.

While the construction industry does pose particular challenges to women, namely workplace harassment and the industry’s reputation for being a man’s industry, for women in the industry, wage disparity is less prominent than in other industries and fields. Women in construction make 97 cents for every dollar a man earns, compared to the US average of 80 cents.

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