What’s NAWIC

NAWIC History

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. It was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction.

NAWIC has a diverse membership and more than 150 chapters, with chapters in almost every U.S. state. Since 1996, NAWIC has seen its Core Purpose grow worldwide and has International Affiliation Agreements with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, NAWIC-Australia, NAWIC-New Zealand, NAWIC-United Kingdom and South African Women in Construction. In NAWIC’s 58 years of service to its membership, the Association has advanced the causes of all women in construction, from tradeswomen to business owners.

NAWIC Leadership

NAWIC is governed by a 20-person Board of Directors. The organization is divided into 14 region directors serve along with the president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer and immediate past president. The Board of Directors holds three board meetings annually to conduct Association business, including a Mid-Year Board Meeting in the spring and two board meetings at NAWIC’s Annual Meeting & Educational Conference.


Breakdown of Women In Construction

Breakdown of Women in ConstructionAs of Dec. 31, 2010, an average of 807,000 women were employed in various occupation sectors of the construction industry. Women now make up about 9 percent of the construction industry in the United States. The following is a breakdown of women by occupation sector in the construction industry.

Occupation Sector                     Number of Women                      Percentage
Sales and Office                                       418,000                                    76%

Professional & Management                  234,000                                   13%

Natural Resources,                                 138,000                                     2%
Construction & Maintenance

Service Occupations                                10,000                                      19%

Transportation &                                      21,000                                      2%
Material Moving

Number of Women in the Construction Industry Sector

2005……………………………… 1,079,000
2006……………………………… 1,131,000
2007……………………………… 1,119,000
2008……………………………… 1,069,000
2009………………………………… 970,000
2010………………………………… 807,000

NAWIC National Map