Archive June 2022
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Gerri Harris, DE&I Committee Vice-Chair and Gilbane Chicago Area Director Economic Inclusion & Community Affair, visited with Claire Drexler, Gilbane Project Engineer & New England Pride ERG Chair, about what Pride Month means to her and how being a member of the LGBTQ+ community has impacted her career in the construction industry.
Gerri Harris, DE&I Committee Co-Chair
I asked my 12-year-old granddaughter, “what is special about June 19?”
She replied, “That’s mom’s birthday… and… and it’s a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States.”
Do you, your children, and your grandchildren know why June 19 is special in the United States?
NAWIC Highlights Male Colleagues that Support Women in Construction
Women builders now make up 11% of the construction workforce according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, gender bias is still pervasive throughout the construction industry. Every day, women builders face discrimination and harassment from their (often older) male colleagues.
But times are changing and with it the mindset of men in construction. "While the labor shortage continues to challenge the construction industry, it also presents an opportunity for women and employers alike," said Scott Wolfe, Jr., CEO of Levelset, A Procore Company. "The companies who embrace women and what they can bring to the table while focusing on major issues impacting the industry including gender equality and pay equity will be the winners in 2022."
Seven Articles Women in Construction Need to Read
These articles are must-reads for women working in the construction industry. From the gender pay gap to PPE, these articles cover it all.
What I Wish I Knew Before Pursuing a Career in Construction
The percentage of women in construction today is almost 11%, with about 3% employed as tradeswomen. And the number is rising as more and more women choose to work in construction. We asked our members and social media followers to tell us what they wish they knew before pursuing a career in construction. Here’s what they said: