a joke in Prudhoe Bay that "there's a woman behind every tree."
Of course, it's so far north that there are no trees at all. There
are, however, a few female workers which I'd estimate constitute less
than 5% of the workforce there. Most are found in engineering,
administrative, or housekeeping occupations.
none of the 3,000 workers on the North Slope actually live there, except
for a few Eskimos from the surrounding villages. Workers are generally
on either a week-on-week-off schedule, or 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off.
Employee transportation to and from Anchorage is provided at no cost
by the oil companies, who operate a pair of Boeing 737s for that purpose.
They make between 3 and 5 flights a day, 6 days a week. For safety,
the aircraft have flight attendants, and they also offer snack and beverage
service, just like a regular airline (although alcohol is served only
on the flight home, never on the way up.)
employees work 12 hour shifts every day for the duration of their 'hitch'
(one or two week tour of duty.) Some unfortunate employees have
to work 16-18 hours a day (such as I did), and even then can be called
out to an urgent job on a drilling rig in the middle of the night.
(When that happens, however, you're guaranteed six hours off before
heading back out to the field again. Gee thanks, guys.)