The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) celebrates the women who work in the industry. The NAWIC is a network which started in Fort Worth, Texas in 1953 and has since been building awareness for women working in the construction industry. From March 4-10, 2017, Women in Construction Week focused on the women who work in the construction trades within the United States.
According to OSHA, the number of women employed in the construction industry rose by 81.3 percent from 1985 to 2007. However, the 2008 recession hit all workers in the construction industry hard. As a result, over 300,000 women left the industry by 2010 to pursue other work.
Table I: Number of Women Workers in Construction, Selected Years, 1985–2010 (All types of employment)
As of 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that women represented 8.9 percent of the 9,813,000 people working in the construction industry in the United States. Alternatively, women in construction represented about 1.2 percent of the entire U.S. workforce in 2013.
Table II: Percentage of Women Workers, by Industry in 2010 (All types of employment)
Southwire has developed several initiatives which help develop the future and continued success of women in construction. Most recently, the Thorn Customer Solutions Center offers the Southwire Solutions University. It is an institute which provides all interested subcontractors a facility to get hands-on training on how with SIMpull Solutions® products in different types of job sites. To learn how to enroll, please contact the Contractor Solutions team by clicking here.
Southwire has also created a Maintenance Apprenticeship Program, which welcomed its first class in January 2017. The two-year program is a joint effort with local technical education institutions to blend industry standards with formal education to train apprentices, specifically senior millwrights and senior electronic technicians. The inaugural class is made up of 20 percent females.