The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published a feature on 2019’s Mentoring Young Women in Construction (MyWIC) Camp, which took place June 21-28, 2019. The article emphasizes the importance of educating young women about careers in construction. Maura Hesdon, General Manager of Shoemaker Construction Co. and GBCA Board Member, is featured in the article, speaking to the camp’s larger goal of reminding young women that every career, including construction, is possible.
From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
MYWIC doesn’t shy away from pragmatic details like pay and benefits. They tell campers about the prospect of getting done with work early in the day, about apprenticeships that pay for on-the-job training, and union membership. They really emphasize union membership, in part because of its guarantee of equal pay for men and women.
Overall, the gender pay gap is much narrower in the construction industry than the national average. Women earn 93.4% of what men typically make. In comparison, women earn 82.1% of what men earn across all professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So why aren’t more women in the building trades? The camp directors say they think girls just don’t know about opportunity.
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