Women in Construction Week 2023
Women in Construction (WIC) Week is an annual event that takes place during the first week of March. Started by NAWIC and now in its 25th year, the week has served as an opportunity to celebrate and promote women in the industry as well as raise awareness of challenges facing them and highlight opportunities available. This year’s theme, “Many Paths, One Mission,” celebrates the different journeys women have taken toward what is becoming a more diverse and inclusive industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women 10 years ago made up just 2.6% of the construction industry workforce in the United States. Today, that number stands at 10.9%, a total of over 1 million women working in the industry, reflecting progress and a growing recognition of career opportunities available. From architects and engineers to project managers, skilled tradespeople, and corporate roles, the industry offers a wide range of career paths to make a difference in the built environment. Buildings are a leading contributor to the climate crisis, generating nearly 40% of total global energy-related carbon emissions. Through the industry, individuals have the ability to shape the world around them and make a lasting impact on their communities.
There are many ways you can get involved this week and beyond, including:
- Attending events and webinars: Many organizations hold events and webinars during WIC Week. These events provide an opportunity to connect with women in the industry, learn about opportunities, and contribute to meaningful conversations.
- Sharing your story: If you are a woman working in the industry, share your story on social media or in your community. By sharing your experiences and achievements, you can inspire others and raise awareness of women in the industry. Use hashtags #WICWeek #WICWeek23 and #ManyPathsOneMission
- Mentoring or sponsoring women in the industry: If you are in a leadership role in the industry, consider mentoring or sponsoring women in the field. By providing support and guidance, you can help women to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
- Advocating for diversity and inclusion: Whether you are a woman in the industry or an ally, you can advocate for diversity and inclusion in the industry. This can include advocating for policies and practices that support women in the field, as well as speaking out against gender bias and discrimination.
- Promoting awareness: Use your social media platforms and other channels to promote awareness of WIC Week and the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry. By raising awareness, you can help to build momentum towards a more equitable and inclusive construction industry. Don’t forget to use hashtags #WICWeek #WICWeek23 and #ManyPathsOneMission
WIC Week is an important event that educates, inspires, empowers, and celebrates. Let’s work together to build a brighter future for the construction industry — one that is inclusive, innovative, and sustainable.