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Women: Why Are There Still so Few in Our Industry?

NAWIC Puget Sound: Above, the author (kneeling, blue shirt) joins colleagues in mentoring young female students.

Today's construction industry is increasingly sophisticated, with millennials driving much of the change in technology and innovation. One thing not dramatically changing, however, is the number of women entering the industry.

According to a 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the U.S. construction industry is comprised of 8.9% women. The National Women's Law Center reports the numbers are even bleaker for women in the field — 2.6% — and that rate has held steady for the past 30 years.

Women bring many valued skills to the table. Women are collaborators, team builders, organizers, networkers and communicators. Women are also technically adept and ready to embrace new ideas.

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