This Week is “Women in Construction” Week, March 7th – 13th!
Women have played an integral role in the construction industry for a long time and deserve recognition for their hard work and contributions to projects of all types and sizes. Professional construction specialists are responsible for dependable wiring, new structures, home remodeling, electrical installations, and countless other applications residents and businesses depend on. Construction crews throughout the Lone Star state include women at various levels, including supervisors, managers, office staff, and machinery operators. Factory Builder Stores gladly recognizes and applauds Texas’s talented professionals during Women in Construction Week, happening this year from March 7th to March 13th.
What Is Women in Construction Week?
If you are not familiar with this annual event, Factory Builder Stores is happy to give you a brief explanation. Women in Construction Week highlights women working in construction as a visible component of the industry. The week also raises awareness about the opportunities women working in construction have available to them. During Women in Construction Week, you’ll find presentations occurring at high schools that show girls how to plan and prepare for a construction career. As a top-of-the-line appliance and cabinet supplier to homeowners and design and building professionals, we recognize how skilled women working in construction are, and we proudly work with these professionals on various projects around the state.
Raise Awareness about Women Working in Construction
The National Association of Women in Construction plays a vital role in organizing and upholding Women in Construction Week. Events and presentations this year and in years prior to 2021 have had this organization to thank for their ongoing support of women who hold current or past construction positions or plan to enter the field in the future. The National Association of Women in Construction has 120 chapters with over 4,000 members. They operate with the goal of bringing awareness of women’s roles in the construction industry. To accomplish this goal, they host events, wear stickers and pins, and engage with the communities about women’s professional roles. Today, women make up 75% of the health services and education industries. 9% of the construction industry is comprised of women, so continual recognition and promotion are essential.
How Do I Observe the Week?
Observing Women in Construction Week is an important responsibility that Factory Builder Stores acknowledges and supports. Women have a long history of working in construction, and we encourage women of various ages to consider a career in one or more of a multitude of essential positions. You might wonder how you can observe this week and what you can do to support and promote women working in the industry. You can consider presenting at a school close to you. There are plenty of jobs to fill in the skilled labor industry, and those filling them can look forward to a lifetime of steady work. Learn more about ways you can observe Women in Construction Week on Facebook by following the page for Women in Construction. Share on social media by using #WICWeek2021.
Factory Builder Stores had a chance to sit down with one of our own, Sacha Barnes, a salesperson in our Austin Showroom, to get her perspective on being a women in construction. Watch her interview here:
Or enjoy the interview via FBS, Your Builder’s Best Podcast, here:
The History of the Women in Construction Organization
The Women in Construction Organization’s history stretches back for decades in the Lone Star state. It includes a large part of today’s industry professionals, many of which, Factory Builder Stores works with every day on projects of various types. In 1953, the Women in Construction Organization was founded in Fort Worth, TX. It was created to support women working in the construction field. At that time, those women worked primarily as office personnel and secretaries, and their numbers grew rapidly in a short time. Amarillo, TX Mayor A.F. Madison proclaimed the first Women in Construction Week in September of 1960 in honor of the Women in Construction organization.
Proud Organizations Sponsoring the Week
Ever since its beginning in 1960, Women in Construction Week has been an opportunity to expose young, hopeful girls and seasoned women to careers available to them in the industry. Today’s Women in Construction Week has a wide array of entities sponsoring the events and other support. These sponsors include industry organizations who acknowledge the essential roles women have in construction. Some of the entities sponsoring the week include:
- S. Army Corps of Engineers
- American Society of Highway Engineers
- Associated General Contractors of America
- Federal Highway Administration
- American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Celebrate with Factory Builder Stores in Texas
Factory Builder Stores has contributed to various projects throughout Texas with our inventory of top-of-the-line appliances and cabinets. Our customers include homeowners with an eye for design and industry professionals, including remodelers, designers, and builders. We value every customer and proudly work with women working in construction to ensure they get the products needed to complete their projects. We encourage you to observe and learn more about Women in Construction Week on March 7-13th of 2021. You can also visit any of our showrooms throughout the state to explore our collection of items from reputable industry brands or request a quote on product sales and installation.
A Texas native who describes herself as a, “Type-A personality masquerading as a hippie.” Her love of construction & interior design lead her to her current role in marketing for Factory Builder Stores in 2020. Her favorite color is “dog hair,” she loves all things mid-century modern, and she speaks fluent sarcasm.
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