Construction Workforce Participation Goal
Wellesley College has been preparing women to succeed in any and every field for nearly 150 years.
As we set out to build Wellesley’s new Science Center, we considered key construction industry data points to establish our goal for women and minorities participation in the building project workforce.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2018, 3.7 percent of full-time construction laborers were women.
- The goal for federally funded construction projects is to have a workforce with at least 6.9 percent women workers and 10 percent minority workers.
- Massachusetts' state goals set the participation of minorities at 15.3 percent and of women at 6.9 percent for construction workforce.
- For City of Boston construction projects, we calculate that the average participation of women is 5 percent.
Wellesley’s preliminary construction workforce participation goal for its Science Center project:
Construction Project Workforce Participation
Electrical Workforce Participation
Wages and Benefits
When they bring similar levels of experience, all members of the Science Center building project are paid the same wage for the same work.
Wellesley strongly supports the right of workers to organize to advance their interests—the right to collective bargaining, to fair pay and benefits, and to safe working conditions.