ERIC Number: ED421637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Women in the Skilled Trades: Do They Perceive a Discriminatory Work and Training Environment?
The job and training experiences of women currently or formerly employed in a skilled trade were examined in a survey completed by all 41 tradeswomen who attended a West Coast tradeswomen's summit. On average, the women were 43 years old and had worked in their trade for 11.26 years. Of the women, 75.6% were white, 19.5% were women of color, 46.3% were heterosexual, and 48.8% were lesbian or bisexual. Slightly more than 56% of the women reported having been treated negatively because of their gender, 63.4% agreed that affirmative action helped them get hired as a construction worker, 82.9% considered women as physically capable as men are, 65.8% believed that women have a harder time combining construction work with family life than men do, and 65.8% thought that small talk on the job was geared to men's interests. When asked whether they were assigned job tasks on the basis of sex, 39% said they were and 39% said they were not. Of the women surveyed, 48.8% believed that sexual harassment remains a significant problem and 80.5% had seen at least one woman receive unwanted sexual attention. (The bibliography contains 21 references. The tradeswomen survey is appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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