The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 7-11, 2021 but it's a practice we should keep all year round.
The share of women working in construction trades in 2018 was the highest in twenty years, but women remain strongly underrepresented in the trades: fewer than one in twenty (3.4 percent) of construction trades workers in 2018 were women. Female careers in the construction industry have remained shockingly low for decades, due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in the field.
Still as the industry is facing detrimental hiring shortages, we need to take time to both continually recruit women to the industry as well as celebrate the ladies who have made this industry their home.
National Women in Construction Week (WIC) is an opportunity to do just that. The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. WIC Week helps raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. The 2021 event will be held March 7-11 but it's something we should focus on year-round.
Here are five ways to both recruit and retain women for careers in construction.