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 "As the years have rolled on, men’s attitudes about women in construction have changed. That “old guard” is disappearing, replaced by men who grew up with working moms." 

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High Heels and Hard Hats

by Amy Drew Thompson

One of the most common pop-culture visuals of the gender divide is that ubiquitous construction-site wolf whistle, most often showcased as a lone woman sashays past a jobsite, inviting the leers of the hard hats, who have been summarily distracted from their posts. As is the case with lasting satire, it is rooted in truth.

But it is the truth of a generation past. These days, there is a decidedly more feminine presence in the industry, as noted with the induction of AGC’s first woman president in 2011, Kris Young, president and CEO of Miller the Driller in Des Moines, Ia. In addition, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) reports that in 1993, 617,000 women were working in the industry. By 2000, that figure had jumped to 886,000. And though these women bring with them new perspectives, new ideas, new ways of tackling challenges and building business relationships, so, too, do they bring the same enthusiasm and love of the business as any other valuable member of its workforce.



 "What can you do right now to develop your talent pool before it disappears?"

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The Talent Shortage in Construction

by Stefanie Putter ​

“For the last two years, there has been a sharp drop in the unemployment rate for former construction workers but not a corresponding increase in construction industry growth. That means those workers who have been unemployed will likely find other types of employment, become fulltime students or have given up looking in the construction industry.” Ken Simonson, Chief Economist at Associated General Contractors of America, 2012