Magazine article Personnel Journal

Women Drop off Kids at Day Care, Pick Up Hard Hats

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Women Drop off Kids at Day Care, Pick Up Hard Hats

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Before the end of this year, working mothers in Maine will be able to build bridges between their careers and family lives--literally. The Maine Department of Transportation is opening a child-care center at the site of Portland's Million Dollar Bridge, now under construction. This initiative is a result of the DOT's focus on a rarely successful Department of Labor goal: to have 6.9% of its construction workers be women.

Graham Bailey, Maine DOT assistant division administrator, suggested the idea after seeing a news segment on a contractor who provided site day care to recruit women. The idea seemed to be just what the DOT needed. "We've had a number of programs that we fund to attract women in construction since the mid '70s, and we still don't have very many women," says Bailey. "One of the problems that was identified was child care."

Bailey says that construction work is a difficult field to attract women to because typical care centers' hours don't complement the work hours of construction employees. …

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