We'll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction

We ll Call You If We Need You Experiences of Women Working Construction Susan Eisenberg began her electrical apprenticeship in the year President Jimmy Carter set goals and timetables for the hiring of women on federally assisted construction projects and for the in

  • Title: We'll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction
  • Author: Susan Eisenberg
  • ISBN: 9780801433603
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Susan Eisenberg began her electrical apprenticeship in 1978, the year President Jimmy Carter set goals and timetables for the hiring of women on federally assisted construction projects and for the inclusion of women in apprenticeship programs Eisenberg expected not only a challenging job and the camaraderie of a labor union but also the chance to be part of a historic trSusan Eisenberg began her electrical apprenticeship in 1978, the year President Jimmy Carter set goals and timetables for the hiring of women on federally assisted construction projects and for the inclusion of women in apprenticeship programs Eisenberg expected not only a challenging job and the camaraderie of a labor union but also the chance to be part of a historic transformation, social and economic, that would make the construction trades accessible to women That transformation did not happen In this book, Eisenberg gracefully weaves the voices of thirty women who pioneered as carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, painters, and plumbers to examine why their numbers remained small Speaking as if to a friend, women from across the country recall their decisions to enter the trades, their first days on the job, and their strategies to gain training and acceptance They assess, with thought, passion, and twenty years perspective, the affirmative action efforts Eisenberg ends with a discussion of the level of change required to uproot gender barriers where they are deeply embedded in the organization and culture of the workplace.

    One thought on “We'll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction”

    1. Interesting book, mostly because this is a unique topic and it's an honest look. Eisenberg organizes the information very well, and the interviews are well blended. Definitely recommended.

    2. One of my favourites -- Eisenburg interviews women working in construction trades and provides context from research on jobs, pay scales, and other statistics. From 1998, but not dated, unfortunately. If you think sexism is over and we're all equal now, these women can tell you it just ain't so.

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