“You can’t be what you can’t see”: Why so few women work in construction and how that can change

TRD New York /
Aug.August 06, 2018 02:35 PM

As a part of The Real Deal’s series on diversity in real estate, the August story, “Female hardhats breaking barriers,” examined the major gender gap within the construction industry — where women only account for 9.1 percent of laborers nationwide. In New York City, that number is 7.6 percent.

Reporter Kathryn Brenzel interviewed dozens of women who work on both construction sites and as executives at some of the city’s largest construction management firms to get an idea of why the lack of diversity persists, what challenges women working in the industry endure, and how management firms can help create a more inclusive environment. Watch the video above to learn more and read the full story here.

Video produced by Jhila Farzaneh

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