Anai Melendrez will likely be the only young woman from Oakland's Fremont High School Class of 2018 to become a carpenter. Instead of spending the next four years in college, the 17-year-old senior plans to start a career in construction — an industry that has long been stereotyped for its crude manliness.
But Melendrez is not concerned.
“I'm personally not scared. I'm not the type of person to be timid,” she said.
Melendrez knows the reputation construction has. Women on the job site anticipate bullying, hazing, discrimination and sexual harassment. Women who have worked on construction job sites tell Bisnow they had to work twice as hard as their male counterparts to prove themselves.
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