Women in Construction

Kim Hansen isn't your average working woman. She's a female, in a male-dominated industry.

"A lot of times I go onto job sites where they're not expecting me, and other contractors come up to me thinking that I'm there for a different purpose - I'm not actually there working," Hansen began explaining.

Hansen is a construction worker. It's her job to ensure the safety of each of the men and women at M&L Electrical.

Although more women have joined the construction industry, workers like Hansen are few and far between.

"We have a few more women in construction, but not nearly enough," Hansen said.

Women only make up 12 percent of the construction industry, but Hansen thinks if more of them realized all the opportunities, they'd make up a larger portion.

"Women can be architects; we can be engineers; we can have careers in this field," Hansen said.

Hansen receives a lot of support in the male-dominated profession, but sometimes things can be tough.

"I think a lot of women have a hard time going to sites because they think they're going to be the only women on-site and for the most part that's true," Hanson explained.

She also said that thanks to changing attitudes, sexism hasn't been an issue for her.

"A lot of times I see support. That's wonderful because I think times are changing now, where men are giving women support on-site and that's a good thing - we need to keep moving toward that," Hansen said.

To visit the website for National Association for Women in Construction, click here and for NAWIC facts, be sure to click here.

For more information on NAWIC and their employers, click here and for even more on women in construction, check out this website.

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