DC has an abundant distribution of construction signs and workers wearing hard hats. Few of DCs hard hats are worn by women, but on occasion, when two-way traffic is reduced to using the same one lane, the sign is reversed from Slow to Wait by a woman. In both the US and the UK, there’s been a concerted effort during recent years to open non-traditional jobs (construction, plumbing, electrical work, etc.) to women. When I first spotted a hard hat wearing woman on a DC street repair crew, I began to look carefully at all construction sites I passed. Whether the work site is one of street repair or building construction it is rare to find a woman on DC’s hard hat working crews. I’ve looked. They aren’t there.