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Rosie the Riveter, Redux

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Despite the sexism on many construction work sites, good wages and benefits sway women toward careers with drills and screwdrivers. (Courtesy of Victoria Hamlin)

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Labor experts and advocates say that as the workforce ages, employers are more likely to hire tradeswomen. (Courtesy of Victoria Hamlin)

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Only 3 percent of construction workers in the U.S. are women. But with baby boomers about to retire, employers and labor unions need women more than ever. To increase the ranks of women in construction, the newly founded Rosie the Riveter Charter High School in California will start preparing careers in hard hats.


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