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Women In Construction (WIC) Week Set to Celebrate and Elevate Women’s Roles in the Industry

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry.

SEATTLE, Washington (February 26, 2018) – The Puget Sound Chapter of the National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) is preparing for Women In Construction Week (WIC Week) on March 4-10, 2018. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 9% of the U.S. construction industry in various occupation sectors.

While NAWIC provides a support network for these women, WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.

This year’s WIC Week theme is “Making a Measurable Difference.” The week’s events include networking events, philanthropic opportunities with Habitat for Humanity and Dress for Success, a jobsite tour of Bellevue’s Spring District, and a Mom & Me Build Workshop at The Home Depot in Bellevue. The events are for NAWIC members but are open to anyone interested in supporting, and bringing awareness to, the growing number of women in the construction industry.

“WIC Week gives a time for us to celebrate and share where we have been, what we are doing now, and inspire each other to continue lifting each other up,” said Jenny Browne, president of NAWIC’s Puget Sound Chapter. “Personally, I am inspired each and every time I connect with another NAWIC member, and I can’t wait to have a full week of inspiring, thoughtful events to recognize women in construction.”

Additional statistics regarding women in the construction industry:

  • Women working in construction numbered 1.3% of the entire U.S. workforce in 2015. Source: https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-databook/2016/pdf/home.pdf, Table 13
  • Women in the U.S. earn on average 81.1% of what men make. The gender pay gap is much narrower in the construction industry. In construction, women earn on average 95.7% of what men make. Source: https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-databook/2016/pdf/home.pdf, Table 19

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.