chapter  8
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A Call for Action

Consistent with Lauren Sugerman’s assertion that women need policy inter­ ventions to gain access to and succeed in the trades, Vivian Price analyzes the Century Freeway project in southern California and finds that targeted interventions are necessary and “stronger institutional commitment leads to better results for women’s employment in the building trades.”2 Some kind of alternative to college is necessary to meet the needs of a non-college popu­ lation that still seeks high-paying, rewarding, and high-skilled careers, and occupations exist that offer these things, occupations that do not require a four-year degree. Because the market fails to provide the variety of educa­ tional opportunities demanded, public policy intervention is necessary to meet the need. The experiences of Project TExAS and the state of Wisconsin also demonstrate the importance of government leadership. Without policy inter­ vention, non-college women tend to hold the same low-paying, low-opportunity jobs year after year. The preceding chapters have demonstrated not only that occupational segregation by gender is intransigent, but also that the training and education options are few and vanishing for the majority who will not graduate with a four-year degree or those who will never attend college.