The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to support building a diverse and inclusive workforce. Hosted by the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC), WIC Week provides an occasion during Women’s History Month to spotlight and amplify the women in construction who challenge career stereotypes in their field on a daily basis. During this time NAWIC’s members across the United States encourage organizations to strengthen and amplify their women team members, give back to their communities, and share their stories in hopes to inspire the next generation of women in construction.
This year the event also coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8th. Every year, a focused theme is chosen by NAWIC, 2021’s theme is Choose to Challenge, stemming from the belief that a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
As of 2020, women make up only 10.9% percent of the construction industry workforce in the United States. Engaging more women in construction is pivotal to the future success of the industry. By diversifying our workforce we can improve processes, work smarter, and help to address the workforce disparities our industry faces.
OCP is continually looking to recruit more women to bring their critical skill sets to the field and offices. Diversifying our workforce is critical to our success. If you have thoughts on how to open the doors to more women in construction, please submit your ideas.
March 1st-12th, 2021 OCP employees will celebrate the accomplishments of our fellow women teammates with the following activities:
A photo contest: Show your support of Women in Construction by taking a photo with one of the WIC Week job site signs. The first 100 individuals to submit photos will receive a long-sleeve OCP t-shirt or face mask. One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.
Hard hat decals will be distributed throughout the job sites.
OCP’s women in construction are invited to an exclusive (masked and social distant) Paint and Sip Luncheon on March 12th, 2020. Invitations will be sent directly to team members.
For more ways to get involved with NAWIC (The National Association of Women in Construction) visit https://www.nawic.org/nawic/EDU_Resources.asp.
Take a look back on previous WIC Week celebrations below.