New Film Questions The Meaning Of 'Women's Work​'

October 6, 2014 6:28 PM

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New Film Questions The Meaning Of 'Women's Work​'

Women have made great strides in the workplace since the ​sixties​, but we​ a​re still making 78 cents for each dollar a man earns, and there's still a discrepancy in what's considered "women's work" and what's deemed a "man's job." The most common occupation for women today is still the same as it was 50 years ago: secretary. In the upcoming documentary, Hard Hatted Woman, filmmaker Lorien Barlow explores gender stereotypes entrenched in the workforce by shining a spotlight on an industry that has remained stubbornly male even despite federal interventions in the late '70s: construction -- where less than 3% of workers are women.

Barlow began developing the project in the fall of 2012​, and​ since then, she has interviewed dozens of tradeswomen from all over the country. Not wanting to go into construction work, she ​discovered​, isn't the sole reason why women are barely present in the sector​.​ "Somewhere along the way, th...

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