Evelyn Spencer has been on the job here in Yazoo City for almost five months and remains very much in love with her job as “cut man.”By VERNON SIKES
That's right. Your eyes weren't playing tricks on you. That really was a lady lifting those ladders and sawing those timbers.
A female carpenter? In Yazoo City, Miss.? Can it be?
Evelyn Spencer, 36, defines herself as a “cut man” or “saw man,” forsaking the politically correct “cut or saw person” favored by some. The Gluckstadt resident has been in Yazoo City this summer working as an apprentice.
“Lead carpenter is what I'm going for, but I prefer to stay on the ground,” she said recently as she ate lunch at a Yazoo City construction site.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Spencer is one of a very small group of females comprising today's construction workforce. While the BLS reports that females make up 10 percent of the construction workforce, Spencer belongs to the much smaller segment – two or three percent – who actually work in the field. The other eight percent of females are generally those who work in the construction offices as support personnel.
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