Women in Construction


Women are a rarity sight on construction sites, making up .less than 10 percent of the building industry. Cristen and Caroline break down the particular challenges women in construction face -- none of which have to do with upper body strength.

Episode sources:

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Topics in this Podcast: women's work, Construction, pink collar jobs, stem jobs