The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is celebrating Women in Construction (WIC) Week through March 11. WIC Week  helps NAWIC advance its mission to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

“NAWIC has enhanced the success of women in the industry for more than 62 years,” said NAWIC president Connie M. Leipard. “We are proud to highlight contributions of women to the industry during Women in Construction Week.”

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 9,813,000 people working in the construction industry. Of these, 872,000, or 8.9 percent, were women. Women in the U.S. earn on average 82.1 percent what men make. The gender pay gap is much narrower in the construction industry. In construction, women earn on average 93.4 percent what men make.

WIC Week is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

NAWIC chapters across the nation will celebrate WIC Week with a wide variety of activities. Community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers and school programs are some of the ways local chapters will observe WIC Week. Local chapters are also appealing to their local, state and national representatives to issue official WIC Week proclamations. Visit www.nawic.org to locate a NAWIC chapter near you.

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