Breaking down barriers, building up respect
Photo Credit: Ms. JC Delgadillo (USACE)
Margaret Benningfield, a quality assurance construction representative with the Afghanistan Engineer District-South, inspects construction at an Afghan National Security Forces construction site. Only about three percent of American workers employed in the construction trade are women. "When you think of construction, people automatically think of men with power tools and hours of hard physical labor. The construction environment is a lot less cultured then an office environment, so I can see why most women would not find it appealing, but I love construction and I just let my work speak for itself. The only way to gain respect is to prove that you are knowledgeable and that you can do the job well," said Benningfield.
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