Puerto Rican construction worker hopes to inspire other women to join the field

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the disparity between male and female construction workers is getting better, largely due to Hispanic women picking up the hard hats.

News 12 Staff

Oct 9, 2023, 11:55 AM

Updated 186 days ago

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, News 12 is introducing you to a Bronx native and Puerto Rican woman who works in construction, an industry that has long been male-dominated.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the disparity between male and female construction workers is getting better, largely due to Hispanic women picking up the hard hats.
Bernadette Amarosa is a construction project manager at Bronx Point. As the daughter of two parents who moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx, she's been able to explore things her parents never got the chance to.
Amarosa pursued a career in mechanical engineering. Now, years later, she says she is happy to be working in the community she grew up in to create spaces for future Bronx residents to grow up.
"You learn to instead of thinking that your identity is holding you back in any way or something you need to overcome, it's actually a superpower," Amarosa says.
Construction on Bronx Point is expected to be complete by the end of this year.


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