Making Work Visible — Honoring Women in Construction

Photo Credit: Susan Eisenberg, On Equal Terms exhibit at the AFL-CIO HQ

About a thousand feet from the White House, a woman in a diamond hardhat stands on a ladder. Her name is Stella, but unlike Marlon Brando’s girl, she’s not walking down the steps of her staircase.

Stella represents the everywoman in the building trades. Women presently, and for the last forty years, comprise between two and three percent of the construction industry. This…