As the replacement contracting industry climbs out of the lingering recession, contractors are discovering that when it comes to meeting the growing demand, a good man is hard to find. So why not hire a good woman?

“There’s still a pretty stereotypical image of what a contractor looks like,” said Mary Ann Naylor, communications manager for Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., which trains female contractors and helps them find jobs. “Even though women have made progress, there are still more women marines than construction workers.”

In 2014, women made up just 8.9 percent of the overall construction workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But organizations such as OTI are helping to grow that number. And contractors who hire women are discovering women workers may actually offer some benefits over their male counterparts.   Read More.