While mining is still a male-dominated industry, there are plenty of women filling valuable roles in the sector. Here is the story of one who helped pave the way working in underground and open-pit copper mines, builting solid booster rocket engines, and managing environmental, health, and safety issues.
She's an environmental engineer at CalPortland, the largest building materials company on the west coast of the United States, a driving force for diversity in the workplace and a diligent mentor, seeking to inspire and encourage young women to consider working the mining and construction industry – meet Desirea Haggard.
Last week, the President released his long-awaited infrastructure plan, entitled a "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America" designed to stimulate at least $1.5 trillion in new investment over the next 10 years, shorten the process for approving projects to 2 years or less, address unmet rural infrastructure needs, empower State and local authorities, and train the American workforce for the future. Read the Plan.