BluSky Hidden Heroes: Women in Construction!
Written by: Jenna Martin, BluSky Restoration Contractors
Gone are the days you would only see a group of men at the jobsite. It’s no secret construction is one of the most male-dominated professions in the world – and while women are certainly underrepresented in the trades, women are joining the industry in numbers higher than ever!
In 2020, women made up 46% of the total workforce in the U.S. The statistics in the construction industry are drastically different, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting only 10% of our industry is made up of women. This number rises every year, and it will only grow as the industry continues to explode with opportunity. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research found the share of women working in construction trades is the highest it’s been in two decades. Women are being promoted to leadership roles and owning their own construction businesses. They hold titles like architects, administrators, and project managers. Whether they’re sporting a hard hat or keeping the office rolling behind the scenes, they bring value to the industry. Women are breaking down gender barriers, bringing a fresh perspective, and challenging historical stereotypes.
Construction companies are leveraging the potential of the female workforce now more than ever, and statistics show companies which employ and promote diversity and inclusion have outperformed companies who do not. Creating an internal community full of safety and trust leads to collaboration and success.
Ultimately, construction encompasses any range of tasks related to creating, maintaining, restoring, or demolishing a residential, commercial or industrial building. It’s in the field and in the office, as an engineer or electrician, a marketing professional or a mechanic, a project manager or a plumber. The construction industry is changing as building designs become more complex, technology evolves, and the demand for speed in production increases. It’s an ever-evolving industry, one which is desperate for the available workforce… desperate for the women workforce!
BluSky is proud to embrace our women in the office and on the jobsites, all of which know the sky is the limit when it comes to their career path in construction! 25% of our workforce is female, and we look forward to increasing this number and welcoming more women in construction.
Data obtained from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research: www.iwpr.org.