There is no better way to highlight these courageous women than by sharing with you what they told us in an interview. Outside of Swinerton, the three women we spoke with had no other friends working in construction. What they had to say touched our hearts and encouraged us to be even better proponents for more women in the field.
Julie, AGC Laborer Apprentice
“I like challenges” said Julie, an AGC Laborer Apprentice with us for just under one year. “The idea of being the only female in the field excites me.” As we do with every new employee, we warned Julie how difficult the work would be and now after nearly one year with us, we asked her if her work was harder or easier than she expected. “It’s been more rewarding than I thought it would be. [This is] honest hard work, and I have to earn it every day.”
Rocio, 2nd Stage Carpenter Apprentice
For Rocio, growing up in Los Angeles constituted her desire to get into construction. She was curious about how buildings all come together. A 2nd Stage Carpenter Apprentice at the Drywall group’s largest project to date, Perla on Broadway, she’s been with Swinerton for over one year now. For Rocio, she knew coming into this field that it was going to be difficult. “My crews have made it easier for me to transition into construction. I can see the difference in myself from the first day to now.”
Bonny, Stocker Scrapper
With Swinerton for just one month and currently stationed at our Radisson Hotel project, Bonny entered into construction because she loves working with her hands. She told us that her favorite part of her job was being at the jobsite and learning, “…seeing the job being built from the ground up and being exposed to experiences for the future.”
However, her most surprising answer was to our last question: Would she recommend construction to other women in her life? “Not just to any woman. But to women who have that ‘grit.’ Including the men, not everyone can do this work.”
These women work hard because strong work ethic is what’s built into them. They embody the spirit of Swinerton and we are proud to call them our teammates.