February 19, 2001
Sidore lecturer addresses gender segregation in construction trades 2001 theme is “The Changing Face of Work”
PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Susan Eisenberg, a master electrician and poet, shattered more than one female stereotype when she began her apprenticeship with Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1978. Affirmative action programs had been initiated, and a historic transformation was expected in the construction industry. But as evidenced in Eisenberg’s 30 interviews with women carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers and ironworkers, the attitude of “Here comes another damn woman on the job” has remained intact.
Under the auspices of the Plymouth State College Saul O Sidore Lecture Series, Eisenberg (who teaches at UMass-Boston) will discuss the gravity of hostility in the workplace, and whether the term “non-traditional occupation” is itself part of the smoke and mirrors that has stood in the way of achieving gender equity in the trades. Eisenberg’s lecture, “Still Waiting After All These Years,” will be presented by the Sidore Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 in Hyde Hall room 220.
Eisenberg contends that despite shifting workforce demographics and decades of affirmative action, the gender segregation of some occupations remains firm. The construction industry is still only about two per cent female and has been among the most resistant to change.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at Plymouth State College in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the College each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Sidore Lectures are offered to the public free of charge.
For information call Daniel Moore at 535-2525.
[Ed note: the omission of the period after the middle initial is not an error. The College follows the wishes of the Sidore family in presenting the name in this fashion.]