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Why don't more women work in construction?

Women constructing an airplane wearing Rosie the Riveter red bandannas.

Above: Iconic image of 'Rosie the Riveter' women working in construction during World War Two. Credit: Alfred T. Palmer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Monday 7 December 2015

Australia's expert on women in the construction industry, Valerie Francis, spoke to Jon Faine this October about the barriers women face to working in construction and the conditions they experience as they attempt to progress their careers.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, of people employed in the construction industry in 2010-2011, 88% were men. Why aren't women entering the industry in equitable numbers? How does this reflect our society's broader problems with providing support for families at work and promoting women?

Listen via Soundcloud. Interview duration: 33 minutes 30 seconds.

Learn more about Valerie's work.