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    :: Saturday, September 30, 2006 ::

    Female hard-hats break ground - By MARIA ALVAREZ, New York Daily News
    It is estimated that $21 billion will be spent annually for the next decade on construction, said NEW executive director Anne Rascon. 'That's why we need to get more women in the program. Our job is to provide a pipeline to that demand. We want to make sure the trade unions have enough women.

    'There is work everywhere,' said Rascon. 'There is reconstruction in lower Manhattan, the Atlantic Yards, the stadiums ... These are fat-paycheck jobs.'

    The trick is to make women think construction, she said.

    'It's a lifestyle change. It's wearing jeans and boots instead of high heels and skirts. You have to be suited for the job. You can't be afraid of heights and you have to get up at 4:30 in the morning to be at work by 6:30,' said Rascon.
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