Constructing Roads While Deconstructing Stereotypes

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men at work HARDWICK— Sara Skinner works as a Traffic Coordinator for Pike Industries, and is an example of how gender stereotypes within certain professions aren't how we may perceive them. "I think it's more seen and known that women are out here," she said.

Her every-day job is all about managing people. "You basically take care of the flaggers. You make sure we have enough flaggers each day. You put up all your sign packages. You put out any of your milling packages anything like that, any of these beautiful orange signs you see—that's me."

Currently, Skinner is working on a project on Route 15 between Danville and Hardwick.

However, it is not unusual for Skinner to do other things on a site. "Last season I ran roller behind a paving crew. I've run the brooms. I've run the skid steers. It just depends on what needs to be done and learning it."

Skinner started to learn to be a Traffic Coordinator last year in a program called On the Job Training.

"A lot of people come into the OTJ and are like, 'this isn't what I thought it was'," said Skinner. "You work the same hours as a Traffic Coordinator, you are on the job doing the same things they are."

According to Skinner, it doesn't matter if you are a man or a woman, just that you do your job well.

"I think if people say they're being treated differently, its because they're not doing their job."

Skinner says the most important thing at the end of the day is that she is proud of what she does.

 

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