Men have benefited from working in the construction industry for decades, gaining experience and skills to help them advance their career. Now, women are being urged to trade in their stilettos for a pair of work boots. The Baltimore Black Worker Center recently hosted an event that encouraged attendees to consider career fields that are not specifically designed for women.
It is a fact that the construction industry offers a wide range of fields, stability, decent pay and leniency for those with a criminal record. The event allowed the attendees to meet and greet other women that had established a career in the construction field, working in fields ranging from electricity to carpentry.
The Baltimore Black Worker Center was recently founded, this was actually the first event held by the group. Partnering with unions and other organizations to drive down the unemployment rate and increase jobs accessibility in black neighborhoods.
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in February the national unemployment rate for African-American women was 7.2 percent, as compared to the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.
The women are also made aware of the fact that construction is a very demanding industry, with a very male-dominant culture. Today, women are very competitive and more than willing to show their male counterparts that they have what it takes to survive in any career field.
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