Oregon apprentice line worker Jennifer Smith’s recent struggle to receive her journeywoman card has focused attention on a recurring complaint of many tradeswomen around the world. Women interviewed by ENR say the issue goes beyond harassment at worksites. Their complaint: They are being held out of the construction industry. Photo: Courtesy Of Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. Jennifer Smith wants to be the second journey woman-level line worker in Oregon. + Image Photo: Courtesy Of Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. “Women have remained 2.5% of the construction-trades skilled workforce for the last 30 years,” says Melina Harris, a Carpenter’s Union Local 1797 member in
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