The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. WIC Week is the most important date on the NAWIC calendar. This week helps NAWIC advance its mission to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.
Barbara Allen, LEED AP, NAWIC’s national Women in Construction Week chair, said, “WIC Week is an important opportunity to boldly acknowledge the successful, hardworking women of our industry. It also serves to remind employers that women are an asset to construction. Finally, it enlightens other women to the opportunities that are available for them in our exciting and challenging industry.”
Each of NAWIC’s 125 local chapters from Maine to Guam plan activities during WIC Week. Community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers and school programs are some of the ways local chapters will observe WIC Week. They have also scheduled events as varied as a hard hat walk and a public showing of a documentary film about women in construction. Some chapters also bring their message to a wider audience through highway billboards and local media campaigns. Local chapters are also appealing to their local, state and national representatives to issue official WIC Week proclamations.
What if you’re not a member of NAWIC? Can you still celebrate and promote WIC Week? Of course you can. Allen suggests several ways non-members can participate. “Attend NAWIC WIC Week events announced by local chapters,” said Allen. “Most have websites or social media pages where you can find out what they have planned. Connect with NAWIC via social media. Then follow, like, and share any information about WIC Week. However, the easiest way is just to tell others about WIC Week!”