The Cons/Truction of Gender in the Canadian Construction Industry
In addition, research on the construction industry in Canada has shown that it is highly gendered in terms of the experiences of women (Watts, 2007) manifested in such behaviours as sexual harassment of women as well as a hierarchical and male dominated culture (Watts, 2007). At the same time, immigrants into Canada who are very diverse in terms of the various facets of identity outlined above have also tried in some instances to make inroads into the construction industry (Walton-Roberts & Hiebert, 1997).
By performing secondary data analysis (Rubin, Rubin, & Peele, 2005) through a survey of the literature as well as through an examination of construction industry periodicals, we want to examine how gender in its broadest conception as intersecting with race, ethnicity, and age, and other dimensions plays a role in the construction industry in Canada and, if there are differences in various segments of Canadian society.
We will do this by a comparison between mainstream women’s participation and the barriers faced by them, in the construction industry, and ethnic immigrant women.