Women in Construction Week Celebrates, Recognizes Challenges of Women in the Construction Industry

Mary Jo Emrick, a certified welding instructor, is the subject of April's Field Notes podcast.

Women in Construction (WIC) Week is here! 

Founded by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in 1998, WIC Week raises awareness and celebrates the work of women in the construction industry across the country. AISC joins the industry in saluting the hardworking women who literally build tomorrow's future.

"WIC Week gives chapters nationwide the opportunity to shine a bright light on the construction industry and women's very important place in it," said NAWIC Executive Director Crissy Ingram. "There has long been a culture of construction being only for men. If we can get the women who have worked past that barrier out of the shadows and into the spotlight, they can show other women–no matter the age or background–that there are countless opportunities for them in the industry."

This year’s theme is “Envision Equity.” NAWIC and companies across the country are putting on a wide variety of events between now and March 12 to mark the occasion. To learn more about WIC Week and to find events in your area, click here.

Also, in recognition of WIC Week, Workwear Guru, an online resource for workwear information, conducted a study of the TikTok hashtags female construction workers most frequently used to get a better idea of the challenges they face. Their findings underscore the importance of initiatives like this.

AISC offers an array of equity/diversity/inclusion resources at If you’re registered for NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver, March 23-25, we invite you to attend the Elevate Reception, which brings together advocates for and allies of under-represented groups in AEC industries. But hurry! You must RSVP by Monday, March 7.