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October 15, 2019
Editor’s Note: Women in Construction Week is March 7th to 14th. We’re kicking off the week with this first part of our two-part blog series where you’ll learn about some noteworthy stats on the impact women are having in construction and the shortfalls they still face, read about the strides the industry is making to empower female construction professionals, how organizations are helping women thrive, and first-hand tips for success from leading women in the industry
10.23%. That’s the number of women who work in the construction industry. As that number shows, there is a large gender gap that still exists in the world of construction.
Many construction organizations have made huge strides in trying to employ and promote women, yet there is still a large bridge to cross in order to close the gap. It can be done, but first we need to understand our starting point, obstacles to overcome and honor organizations who have and are trying to succeed at crossing gender barriers. In other words:
Women in Construction by the Numbers
It’s a challenge to succeed without understanding current stats surrounding women in construction and utilizing that data as a benchmark. Here are three key statistics pulled from a recent article from Big Rentz that can help gain greater understanding as to how the industry stands:
A few positive data points helps us understand how the construction industry is moving forward:
Helping Women in Construction Thrive: People and Organizations Paving the Way for a Better Future
With diversity, equity and inclusion efforts becoming more accepted and promoted across nearly all aspects of business, there have been a number of women-led events, industry association and organization campaigns and initiatives driven by businesses and corporations focused on providing more rewarding career paths for women in construction. Women in Construction Week highlights women as a visible component of the construction industry. WIC Week also raises awareness about the opportunities available for women who are construction workers.
These efforts are helping bring women together to exchange ideas, network and inspire women in the industry to grow and thrive. Here are a look at just some of these:
In part two, we’ll look at some of the best practices and tips for success for women in construction, shared by leading female construction professionals.