March 5 was the start of Women in Construction Week.
Running until March 11, 2023, this 25th annual week is a time to recognize and celebrate the ladies who work in the predominately male-dominated construction industry.
In 2022, 10.9 percent of construction industry employees—or about 1,285,000 workers—were female, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), just slightly below the 20-year high of 11 percent in 2021.
From 2003 to 2018, the percentage of construction workers who were female never exceeded about 9.85 percent. In 2019, when 1,168,000 of the 11,373,000 workers were women, the number surpassed 10 percent, per BLS data. Every year since then, women have made up more than 10 percent of the construction industry.
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has been hosting the week since 1998. The organization offers a variety of resources and a list of some events in its toolboxes for people looking to participate. So far, three toolboxes have been released, each containing articles such as “Generations of Women in Construction and Trades,” Trailblazers: The first construction women to make an impact in their industry” and “WIC Week History.” Interested in viewing or signing up for the toolboxes? Visit wicweek.org.
The skilled trades shortage has a solution: Women
We have over 650,000 open trades jobs today, and women represent only 4% of the workforce in construction.
First, we need to stop with the old adage:
A. Women don’t like to get dirty.
B. Women aren’t emotionally strong enough for trades.
C. Women don’t want to do these jobs.
D. Women can’t physically do the work of a man.
We must evolve past the old stigma of thinking and let women decide what they can and can’t do.
We must provide women with the support they need to succeed in the trades.
With over 40% of business people retiring in the next 5- 10 years
Women have a unique opportunity to learn the customs, earn six figures and make a difference in the industry.
LET’S DO THIS and support women in construction.