Celebrating Women in Construction

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Women in Construction: Women in Construction (WIC) Week is an opportunity to amplify women’s voices and show appreciation for one another and all they do to make construction better, says a representative with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

This year’s theme is “Envision Equity.”

NAWIC and companies across the country are putting on a wide variety of events between now and March 12 to mark the occasion. To learn more about WIC Week and to find events in your area, click here.

When you think of an industry dominated by men, construction might be one of the first that comes to mind. Of all the people working in construction, women comprise only 10.3%. Of all the people who work in construction, women comprise only a small 10% of the workforce. Even smaller is the number of female construction workers on the front lines of a job site—there is only one woman for every 100 employees on the field. While women still only make up a little more than 10% of the construction workforce, more join the industry as superintendents, project managers, department directors, CEOs and trades workers every year.

In 2022, women in construction are not only working to build some of the country’s largest and most important projects. They also are leaders in another important area: helping to recruit more women into the industry. Many women in construction act as mentors, teachers and advocates to help elevate the industry and make it an attractive career option for other women.

Construction Champions 2022 can be seen here. Although they are some of construction’s youngest employees, these women have already made a mark on the industry.

Women’s Organizations Nationally recognized groups like the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Women Construction Owners & Executives USA provide mentorship, marketing and networking opportunities to help women who are new to the construction industry.

2022 NAWIC 67th Annual Conference
Aug. 17-20, 2022 Minneapolis, MN

NAWIC’s 67th Annual Conference is shaping up to be the biggest and best Annual Conference yet! With three educational tracks, jobsite tours, networking opportunities and more, you won’t want to miss any of the action. Check back routinely to make sure you are caught up on all the AC news!

Siri Lindley – Speaker

Women in construction speaker S. Lindley

Triathlon world champion and coach Siri Lindley will show you how to use resilience and perseverance to fight for your goals and succeed, despite the barriers you may face.

Avery Bang – Speaker

Bridges to Prosperity CEO and former President Avery Bang will share her story of how she turned building bridges around the world into more than just a physical connection between two places.

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If you are looking to connect with some supporters of careers of women in the construction industry, click here.

The National Association of Women in Construction was formed in 1953 by 16 women in the construction industry in Fort Worth, Texas. Currently, there are more than 150 chapters nationwide and almost 4,000 members. Globally, NAWIC has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

NAWIC Affiliates are industry organizations that have similar goals & aspirations for women in the construction industry in the construction industry.

How We Improve Gender Equality in the Construction Industry

NAWIC actively encourages all industry sectors to employ women in leadership and decision-making roles so that whole-of-industry policy and cultural change is achieved actively and purposefully. To identify and create clear pathways for women to have a career in construction, from school students through to senior leaders.

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