Women Are Smashing the Construction Industry’s Concrete Ceiling


By Craig Torres and Maria Paula Mijares Torres, Bloomberg

Construction has long been a man’s world, from blue-collar trades such as masonry and carpentry to the executive suites of developers and builders. Now an accelerated wave of baby-boomer retirements has aggravated the industry’s chronic labor shortages. 

That’s opening the door for women: The number employed in construction topped 1 million in May of last year, a first since data began to be collected in 1964, and their share of the industry workforce reached an all-time high of 14.1% last month.

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