2020 Women in Construction (WIC) Week
It’s National Women in Construction (WIC) Week!
Each year, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and construction companies all across the US celebrate by highlighting the successes of women in a variety of roles across the construction industry.
There’s no doubt that construction is a male-dominated industry. Women employed in construction made up just 9.9% of the total construction labor force last year but women working in a traditional skilled-labor position made up a much smaller percentage, with only 3.4 women to every 100 men on a job site.
While the industry has been traditionally male-dominated, the success rate of women in construction is climbing. In fact, women in the US earn an average of 81.1% of men in similar roles; but the gender pay gap is significantly smaller in the construction industry with women earning an average of 99.1% of what men make.
At Mark III, each woman on our team plays an integral part in our mission to lead the evolution of construction. Check out the highlights below to find out what roles women are playing in construction at Mark III!
Meet the Women of Mark III
Name: Liz Woodard
Title: Accounts Payable Supervisor
Piece of advice to any woman in the industry: “Keep an open mind and be flexible. When I came to work for Mark III 21 years ago, I was hired on as a project admin. My position has changed many times throughout the years but sticking with the flow of the needs has led me to become the accounts payable supervisor today.”
Name: Brittany Van Goor
Title: Payroll Assistant
Favorite part about your job: “The best part about my job is definitely that I’m not stuck at my desk for most of the day. I get to go out and collaborate with so many different people. I love being able to work with people in and outside of the office.”
Name: Courtney Davis
Favorite part about your job: “There is so much about our industry that is constantly changing and as a recruiter I love talking to different candidates and learning more each and every day.”
Name: Carrie Malas
Title: Electrical Trainee
What brought you into the industry: “I joined the industry because I’ve always been sort of mechanically inclined and I love building things. If you’re thinking about a career in the trades I say just go ahead and jump in because it’s a great career.”
Name: Donna Zarco
Title: Welding Trainee
What does it mean to be a woman in construction? “It’s important for other women to be reminded that we are all capable of anything if we put our hearts into it.”
Name: Christina Kell
Title: Safety Manager
Biggest milestone since joining the industry: “Never be intimidated by anything you don’t know, you should take it as an opportunity to learn. My biggest milestone since joining Mark III is being given the opportunity to be our safety manager. I love helping to protect our team and keeping us 100% accident-free.”
Name: Makayla Oei
Title: Project Executive
Favorite part about your job: “My favorite part about my job is the people that I get to work with every day. We’re not just coworkers, we’re friends. I think that makes for a great dynamic when trying to knock out work.”
If you are a woman in construction looking for support, education, networking opportunities, and more, be sure to consider the resources that are available to you. Here are some of our favorites!
The association is committed to championing women to impact the direction of the construction industry. NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service, and more.
Attend the Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference
This event is put on each year by industry publication company ENR. This year’s event details:
May 14th-15th, 2020
Hilton Union Square San Francisco
Follow the link above to register!
Stay Up-to-Date with the Women in Construction USA Blog
The blog features a variety of stories about how women are reconstructing our industry.
Thank you to all of the women pushing limits in our industry. We appreciate you this week and every week!