Women in Construction

  • March 28, 2024
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Breaking Barriers and Building Careers

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women are increasingly making their mark in construction. Breaking stereotypes and overcoming barriers, women are not only entering the construction sector but thriving in it. From architects and engineers to project managers and skilled tradeswomen, their contributions are reshaping the landscape of construction.


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Historically, construction has had fewer opportunities for women, however, in recent years, there has been a significant shift.

Women are not only joining the industry but excelling in roles that were previously viewed as off-limits. One of the key reasons for this shift is the increasing recognition of the value women bring. Diversity in the workforce fosters creativity, innovation, and better problem-solving. Women often bring unique perspectives and approaches to projects, leading to more inclusive and sustainable outcomes.

Furthermore, as the construction industry faces a skilled labor shortage, tapping into the female talent pool becomes essential for its growth and sustainability. By actively recruiting and supporting women in construction, companies can address this shortage while also promoting diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

Another factor driving the rise of women in construction is the changing cultural and societal attitudes towards gender roles. Today, more women are pursuing careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, including construction-related disciplines. This growing interest in STEM education among women has paved the way for greater representation in traditionally male-dominated industries like construction.

Companies can implement policies and practices that promote more opportunities for women, such as flexible work arrangements, equal pay, and zero-tolerance policies for harassment and discrimination. Additionally, raising awareness about the achievements of women in construction and highlighting their contributions can help challenge stereotypes and inspire more women to pursue careers in the field. By showcasing diverse role models and success stories, we can encourage the next generation of women to break barriers and build careers in construction.

Initiatives and programs, including women-focused professional organizations, aimed at encouraging women to enter and succeed in construction have played a crucial role. These initiatives provide mentorship, networking opportunities, educational resources, advocacy efforts, and support systems for women in the industry. By creating a more inclusive environment, these programs help women overcome barriers and thrive in their careers. Some notable examples are:


National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC): NAWIC is one of the largest organizations dedicated to supporting women in the construction industry. With chapters across the United States, NAWIC offers networking events, professional development programs, and leadership opportunities for women in all areas of construction.

Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE): WCOE is a national organization that advocates for women-owned businesses in the construction industry. It provides resources, networking events, and educational programs to support women entrepreneurs and executives in the construction field.

Professional Women in Construction (PWC): PWC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the advancement of women in the construction and related industries. It offers networking events, educational programs, and advocacy efforts to support women professionals at all stages of their careers.

National Women in Roofing (NWIR): NWIR is a volunteer-based organization that supports and advances the careers of women in the roofing industry. It offers networking events, educational resources, and mentorship opportunities to help women succeed in this specialized sector of construction.

Women in HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration): Women in HVACR is dedicated to supporting and empowering women in the HVACR industry. It provides networking events, educational resources, and mentorship programs to help women excel in this field.

Association of Women Contractors (AWC): AWC is an organization based in the Midwest that supports women-owned businesses and women professionals in the construction industry. It offers networking opportunities, educational programs, and advocacy efforts to promote gender diversity and equality in construction.

National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC): While not exclusively focused on women, NAMC advocates for minority-owned businesses, including women-owned firms, in the construction industry. It provides resources, networking events, and advocacy efforts to support women and other minorities in construction.

Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS): Specific to California (as of 2024) WiOPS is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 that strives to support the advancement of women in construction operations. Open to women and men in construction, architecture, or engineering professions, WiOPS provides monthly mentorship, learning and networking opportunities to ensure a pipeline of female construction leaders for today and tomorrow.


These organizations, among many others, play a vital role in providing support, resources, and advocacy for women in construction. They not only aid but celebrate women who are making significant strides in the industry, breaking barriers, and building successful careers. Women’s contributions are reshaping the landscape of the industry and driving positive change.


Meet the women of Staples Construction Company:

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