Occupational segregation persists in forming a significant hurdle to women’s equality and economic well-being. Many factors have conspired to keep women in poverty and struggling to earn a living wage. These include a persistent gap in wages between men and women and segregation into lower-paying, female-dominated fields. This occupational segregation persists in career and educational training programs in schools, community colleges, and publicly funded programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, creating a cycle which leaves women economically and personally vulnerable.
Legal Momentum’s work connects unions, contractors, policymakers, grassroots organizations, and tradeswomen to address challenges tradeswomen encounter on the job. Drawing from our docket of cases and our network of tradeswomen, our objective is to grow our national technical assistance program providing support to women and attorneys, advocating for policy solutions, and strengthening the law protecting women in non-traditional jobs.