Women, Wear Your Hard Hats!
According to statistics on the National Association of Women in Construction’s website, there were 939,000 women involved in the construction industry by the end of 2016. This represents less than 10% of the total construction industry workforce. Adding more women to the industry is good for everyone’s bottom line, according to recent studies.
McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, has found that companies with more diversity in their boards are more likely to do better financially than companies with less diversity in their boards. A great way to build an effective construction team is to embrace people from diverse backgrounds with different skill sets and expertise.
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), which is a 55-year-old organization based in Fort Worth, Texas, is dedicated to the success and advancement of women within the industry. It offers many professional opportunities, including career and job leads, mentoring, connection with other women in the industry and legislative and legal updates, as well as educational opportunities such as leadership development, the promotion of professional certifications and technology updates.
One of NAWIC’s projects is the annual Women in Construction Week, which takes place March 3-9, 2019 in cities around the country. The focus of this weeklong event is to highlight women as an important part of the construction industry and to raise awareness of the opportunities available to women.
While pay for women in the construction industry is still lagging behind men’s salaries, improvements are slowly happening. Women interested in a career in the construction industry should seek out companies that are creating dedicated leadership programs and providing a positive atmosphere where female team members are encouraged to share their challenges and successes in the field and encourage one another.
With baby boomers retiring and millennials needed to take their places in the workforce, this a great time for women to consider joining the construction industry.