International Women’s Day 2024

Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day is globally celebrated to recognize and uplift the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The event also serves as a powerful reminder of progress as well as a poignant call to action: accelerate women’s equity for a more empowered, inclusive world.

This year’s event theme is “Inspire Inclusion,” aimed at emphasizing the necessity and importance of diversity in all aspects of society. The #InspireInclusion theme underscores the crucial role of inclusion and allyship in achieving gender equality. To inspire inclusion, we must address barriers of entry, challenge stereotypes and foster environments where all women are valued and respected. #InspireInclusion encourages everyone to recognize the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life. No individual or organization alone can alter systemic inequity, and our collective action and shared ownership is what makes International Women’s Day impactful within our community and organization.

The first week in March also recognizes Women in Construction – WIC Week, for short – an opportunity to celebrate the knowledge and strength of women as they shape the future of the construction industry.

On this day and year-round, McKinstry acknowledges and celebrates the principles of International Women’s Day. We remain committed to advancing equity and inclusion and uplifting women in all we do.

  • In the spirit of Putting People First and uplifting women we continue to:  

    • Expand partnerships to support pre-apprenticeship programs like ANEW in Seattle, specifically directed at fostering opportunities for women in the trades.
    • Enhance K-12 STEM mentorship initiatives nationwide, including in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, to uplift underserved and historically marginalized communities, increasing industry access.
    • Support three employee-led gender equity alliances that foster inclusive experiences for women and non-binary employees at McKinstry through professional development opportunities and relationship-building.
    • Build competency around gender equity and inclusion internally through comprehensive trainings and our innovative Building Bridges conversation series.

McKinstry is proud to have earned a top score (100) in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index and, though we recognize there is more work to be done in combatting inequality in the construction industry, we are proud of the work that the women on our team have done in service of this shared goal.

Learn more about how McKinstry embodies International Women’s Day values every day through our equity and inclusion initiatives here.

This week and beyond, let’s work together toward continued progress and building lasting change.