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She Builds Nation Report: Women in Construction Face Lack of Safety Equipment and Restroom Accessibility Gaps
[March 07, 2024]

She Builds Nation Report: Women in Construction Face Lack of Safety Equipment and Restroom Accessibility Gaps

SARATOGA, Calif., March 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumber today announced the release of the 2024 "She Builds Nation" report, shedding light on the challenges faced by women in the construction industry. Lumber, a pioneering construction workforce management platform, developed this report from insights gleaned from a survey of over 100 women construction owners, executives, and decision-makers, delving into critical issues impacting women in construction.

Among the notable revelations, a staggering 67% of respondents cited the dearth of gender-friendly (smaller-sized) safety equipment such as PPEs, safety harnesses, hard hats, etc., with 85% expressing concerns over the absence of maternity-friendly safety gear. Additionally, 64% of women reported the absence of women's restroom facilities at construction sites, highlighting a significant gap in infrastructure to address their needs.

Despite these obstacles, the report also underscores positive trends, with 72% of respondents acknowledging increased opportunities for women's advancement within the industry. Moreover, 67% find integration into a predominantly male-centric environment relatively smooth, contingent upon the fostering of an inclusive organizational culture.

However, the survey reveals a nuanced landscape concerning gender equality and support structures. While 51% of respondents perceive equal pay opportunities for women, the remaining respondents voice concerns about pay parity and assertiveness in negotiation. Similarly, 55% express reservations regarding the adequacy ofsupport systems available to women in construction, suggesting a need for enhanced awareness and access to existing resources.

Moreover, attracting and retaining female talent emerged as a significant challenge, with 52% of respondents citing difficulties in this regard. Respondents felt that addressing this  requires the implementation of targeted outreach initiatives, mentorship programs, flexible scheduling options, and comprehensive training endeavors to bolster female representation and retention within the industry.

Despite these hurdles, a prevailing sentiment of optimism pervaded the survey responses, with 66% of respondents affirming the existence of burgeoning career prospects and growth avenues for women in construction. As the industry continues to evolve, initiatives aimed at fostering inclusivity, equitable practices, and robust support mechanisms are poised to drive meaningful change and empower women to thrive in construction careers.

Commenting on the report's findings, Shreesha Ramdas, CEO and Founder of Lumber, said, "In unveiling the 'She Builds Nation' report, we're not just shedding light on the challenges faced by women in construction; we're igniting a conversation and catalyzing action towards a more inclusive, equitable industry."

Meghan Schoen, Lumber's Director of Client Relations and a former construction company owner, emphasized, "At Lumber, we're committed to empowering women in construction, and this report underscores the urgency of addressing systemic barriers and fostering environments where every individual can thrive. Together, we can build a future where diversity is celebrated, opportunities abound, and women play a pivotal role in shaping the construction landscape."

This report can be downloaded here.

About Lumber

Lumber is an integrated construction workforce management platform tailored for construction contractors, powered by a purpose-built LLM that seamlessly unites Payroll, Time Tracking, Compliance, Accounts Payable, Scheduling, and Onboarding workflows. This empowers financial leaders, payroll managers, and back office administrators to ensure compliance, manage labor costs, streamline payroll processes, and make well-informed financial decisions.

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