Women make up just 3 percent of lucrative male dominated construction jobs — Gender based harassment and discrimination has kept their numbers virtually unchanged half a century after affirmative action.
Today, the percentage of women working in construction trades like laborers, electricians and plumbers remains at 3 percent.
While their numbers are slowly rising in several of the major trades...
the highest paying jobs continue to have the fewest women.
Construction in the MeToo Era
Jenaya Nelson, 43, seen here on her jobsite in Boston, MA, has been a construction laborer for 20 years.
Decades after affirmative action, there has been virtually no progress increasing the number of women in these lucrative male dominated jobs.
In the wake of the MeToo movement, sexual harassment complaints in fields with fewer women have increased, signaling a potential change in the culture around reporting incidents.
And the reason why doesn't take a general foreman to decipher...gender discrimination and sexual harassment is alive and well in California's construction industry.