Local Women Workers Closer to Pay Equality

Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 20:36:43-04

Women across the country have hit an annual milestone, one that many said was something they want to change.

On average, women make only 78 cents for every dollar a man makes, which means a woman would have to work up to this week, just to match what a man made by the end of last year.

Yet, among all industries, statistics show women in the construction industry have the smallest gender pay gap.

The Bureau of Labor statistics said in construction, women make more than 92 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same job.

The Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) said the fact that a lot of construction work is set out in specific contracts has a lot to do with it.

The group also said the construction industry nationwide is having a hard time finding qualified workers; the recent study said 86 percent of contractors are having trouble hiring.

That problem is especially present in Nashville where so many construction projects are going on.

The president of the Nashville chapter of NAWIC said there aren't many women working in the construction field in the first place, so she says a pay gap would only hurt their businesses.

“We welcome everyone, we need the help.” Said Kayla White.  “I think industries could learn it doesn't matter what the job they're doing is, if they're doing the job, they should get paid the same.”