By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
March is Women’s History Month, and March 3-9 is Women in Construction (WIC) Week, a professional development promotion of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
ARTBA members Superior Construction, Peckar & Abramson, FH Paschen, Granite Construction, The Walsh Group, Skanska USA, Wagman, Inc., Kiewit, Fort Myer Construction Corporation, and others are participating in WIC events, including seminars, profiling female employees, and social media promotion.
Granite won the 2019 WIC Week poster contest, which features Jodi Tautfest, a Granite traffic control supervisor (above).
There are nearly 1 million women employed in various occupational sectors of the construction industry, about 9.1 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are growing. While women in the U.S. still earn on average 81 percent of what men make, the gender gap in the construction industry is much narrower, with women earning nearly 96 percent of what men in the industry make.
ARTBA and its member companies and allies are working on more ways to attract, promote, and retain more women in the transportation construction industry. The association has partnered with NAWIC and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International. ARTBA’s Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Council promotes leadership and career advancement for professional women in the transportation design and construction industry through networking, mentoring, recognition and educational activities in partnership with stakeholders. For more information, contact Allison Klein.