There is lots of buzz in the US about women in the construction industry. Questions are being asked about why more women are not attracted to the field, how more women can be attracted to a career in construction, and who are the leading women in US construction.
We wanted to show you what women in construction look like in the rest of the world, specifically in Cambodia where women are construction workers as a matter of necessity. They, like migrant workers around the world, work hard for their living, and women are paid less than men for that work.
The BBC News recently covered the women in construction in Viet Nam and Cambodia in an article titled Cambodia’s Female Construction Workers. The BBC documented some of the women who have returned from Thailand after the government there tightened the rules governing migrant workers. They are in Cambodia to work on construction sites in a market that is expanding at a very rapid pace.
According to the article and images, about a third of the construction workforce in Phnom Penh are women and they work on construction sites that are a far cry from the construction sites in the US.
When you look through the pictures in the article pay close attention to the fact that they have no “personal protection equipment”, a requirement on the majority of construction sites in the US. Read more » about Women in Construction in the Rest of the World