06 Mar 2024

Empowering Women in Construction

empowering women in construction - EIDA

International Women’s Day is an important occasion to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women across various fields. In recent years, one industry that has witnessed a positive shift towards gender diversity is construction. Women in Construction Week runs from March 3rd – 9th and coincides with International Women’s Day and this year’s theme, ‘Keys to the Future’, celebrates the strength and knowledge of women and the vital role they play in shaping the future of the construction industry.

Traditionally male-dominated, the construction sector is experiencing a welcome influx of women who are breaking barriers and reshaping the industry.

Of all people working in the field in the United States, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that women make up around 10.8% but the numbers have shown a 2% growth since 2011.

Women in Construction US graph

Source: BLS – US Labor Force Statistics

Similarly in Europe women make up around 10% of the construction labour force with the UK doing a bit better at 14% with these numbers increasing year on year.

Historically, women have been underrepresented in construction, facing stereotypes and gender biases. However, the narrative is changing as more women embrace careers in this dynamic field. The construction industry’s evolution towards inclusivity is not just a matter of social importance, it also brings significant benefits, fostering creativity, innovation, and diverse perspectives.

One key aspect of this transformation is the increasing number of women pursuing education and training in construction-related fields. With a growing emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, women are gaining the skills needed for roles in architecture, engineering, project management, and other construction-related disciplines.

Additionally, women are making strides in leadership positions within the construction sector. From project managers to executives, women are proving their capabilities and leadership skills, challenging the sometimes preconceived notions that have limited their participation in the past. This shift is creating a more inclusive work environment that benefits everyone involved.

Organisations and initiatives supporting women in construction are crucial in fostering the change we want to see. By providing mentorship programs, equal opportunities, and promoting a supportive workplace culture, these efforts contribute to building a more diverse and inclusive construction industry.

In conclusion, celebrating women in construction on International Women’s Day is about acknowledging progress, inspiring young women and future generations, and fostering an environment where diversity is valued. Let’s continue to break down barriers and build a future where women thrive in the construction sector.

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