Women make up less than 10% of the workforce in the construction industry, but the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is working to change that.  According to NAWIC, construction related jobs account for approximately 66% of all jobs in the US, with men holding 90.4% of these positions.  In an effort to highlight women as an integral component of the construction industry, NAWIC comes together during the first week of March each year to celebrate Women in Construction Week.  This annual event allows NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in construction and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

On March 4, the local chapter of NAWIC held a Hard Hat Happy Hour at Slater’s 50/50 to celebrate Women in Construction Week.  Six members of the SDHFH team participated in the hard hat decorating contest, and chose to decorate their hats with the theme “Catch the Women Build Bug.”

In addition to being a lot of fun, this event was a great opportunity to spark interest in Women Build and to continue cultivating our relationship with other women in the construction industry.  We currently have two Women Build teams that include NAWIC members, and we look forward to working with more NAWIC members in the future.