WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK
Women in Construction (WIC) Week highlights women as a visible component of the construction industry. WIC Week also raises awareness about the opportunities available for women who are construction workers. During the week, presentations at high schools will show girls how they can plan and prepare for a career in construction.
The National Association of Women in Construction includes 120 chapters and more than 4,000 members. Their goal is to bring awareness to the role of women in the construction industry by hosting events, wearing pins and stickers, and engaging with their communities.
Women make up about 9% of the construction industry’s workforce, compared to 75% of the education and health services industry.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WomenInConstructionWeek
- Consider presenting at a school near you.
- The skilled labor industry has jobs to fill and those who fill them will have a lifetime of steady, reliable work ahead of them.
- Share your experiences in the construction industry.
- Explore educational and job opportunities.
- Expand your skills.
- Update your resume.
- Learn more by following Women In Construction on Facebook and use #WomenInConstructionWeek or #WICWeek to share on social media.
WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK HISTORY
The Women in Construction organization was first founded in 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas. The organization supported women working in the field of construction, primarily as secretaries and office personnel at the time, and grew rapidly in a short time.
The first Women in Construction Week was proclaimed in honor of the organization in September of 1960 by Amarillo, Texas Mayor A.F. Madison.
Today, the week is sponsored by nearly two dozen entities including:
- Associated General Contractors of America
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association
- Federal Highway Administration
- American Society of Highway Engineers
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers