This week marks the 17th annual celebration of Women in Construction Week sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Women in Construction Week offer a chance for members of the 135 chapters of NAWIC to spotlight the role of women in the construction industry and raise awareness about opportunities for women in construction. It also provides a chance for chapters to give back to their local communities through service projects, fundraisers and other outreach activities throughout the week.
The NAWIC was chartered in 1955 and originally began as the Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas which was founded by a group of 16 women on September 11, 1953 to establish a support network for women working in the construction industry. The core purpose of the NAWIC is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. In addition to the 135 chapters in the United States, NAWIC has international affiliations with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, NAWIC Australia, NAWIC New Zealand, South African Women in Construction and the NAWIC UK.
The NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for leadership training, networking and professional development. The NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) offers adult education programs as well as programs for children of all ages through programs such as Block Kids, Accessory Structure Project and CAD Design/Drafting competitions. The NAWIC also awards over $25,000 annually to women in construction-related education programs through their NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation.
To learn more about the NAWIC or to locate your local chapter to learn about the activities they have planned for Women in Construction Week, please visit the NAWIC website.