While women continue to make significant advancements in all fields, as of 2020, women only make up 10.9% of the construction workforce.
Combating this inequality is the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC); a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to strengthen and amplify the success of women in the construction industry. Members volunteer their time and professional resources to promote educational programs and provide networking opportunities for women currently working in construction and trade fields.
NAWIC and its impact on the future of the construction industry
NAWIC members meet frequently to collaborate across the profession, sharing common practices and engaging in thought provoking dialogue on the role women play within the industry. Many chapters across the U.S. have established community outreach programs that serve in a variety of capacities as an extension of the construction industry.
One of these initiatives includes members sharing their unique experiences in the industry with students at the university and high school level who are considering their own career paths. Local chapters implement educational opportunities that seek to open the door for younger generations. Many chapters host engineering-based competitions for students of all ages to test their problem-solving skills in a friendly, competitive environment outside of the classroom. To further promote the future of women in construction, many chapters offer scholarships to local youth who wish to advance their education in construction or the trades.
Women in Construction Week
NAWIC will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 6-12, 2022. The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. Local chapters organize events throughout the week intended to bring its members and other women in the industry together in the spirit of celebration and comradery.
The over 4,000 women of NAWIC are like-minded professionals representing all aspects of the construction spectrum in support of one another. Chances are there is a local chapter near you. Check out all that NAWIC has to offer at NAWIC.org.