Just 9.1% of America's Construction Workers are Women—Here's What It's Like to be one of Them

Article by Courtney Connley,  CNBC

Sinade Caroll was on her way home from nursing school one evening six years ago when she saw an ad on the New York City subway for Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), an organization that trains women for careers in construction, utility and maintenance trades.

"I didn't know that women were construction workers, or that women were actually in these fields where there are mostly men," the 26-year-old says. "I didn't experience that growing up and something told me to call the program."

Caroll had earned her GED in 2011 and was hoping to find work as a medical assistant after nursing school. But she called NEW to learn more, and says she realized immediately that she had found the right career path for her. She quit nursing school and enrolled in the organization's eight-week apprenticeship program, where she learned everything from how to accurately read a measuring tape to how to lift heavy materials without getting hurt."

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