Here to Stay: Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina Women in Construction Trades Apprenticeships and Employment

Latinas and Black women are joining the construction trades in growing numbers. Yet, many report persistent issues of discrimination, particularly during apprenticeships, such as fewer opportunities to develop their skills than White male apprentices, less access to overtime, and unsafe working conditions because work gear and tools do not fit women’s sizes, as well as harassment and disparagement. Workforce development leaders will benefit from reading this report from the Chicago Women in Trades National Center for Women's Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment which explores promising policy solutions to address discrimination of Latinas and Black women in trade jobs including women-focused pre-apprenticeship programs, employment targets with consistent oversight, and support networks of other tradeswomen.

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March 2021