Women in Construction Week takes place during the first full week in March every year.
National Women in Construction Week is a time to highlight all the great initiatives and work of women within the industry. Likewise, it is a time that highlights the opportunities that are available to women in construction.
While women can take on any role in the construction industry, they are currently severely underrepresented in trade and executive positions. According to Big Rentz, just under 87% of women working in construction hold office positions, and only about 2.5% of tradespeople are women. Women also only make up about 14% of staff executive and 7% of line executive positions.
Edward DeAngelis, CEO of EDA Contractors, is an outspoken advocate for the advancement of women in the construction industry and gives his outlook on expanding gender diversity in the field:
“In our little slice of the world, women have not been given the opportunity to excel in this $1.3 trillion industry in the United States. Here at EDA, we have women that break down the typical stereotypes.” - Edward DeAngelis, CEO
The EDA Family remains a dedicated partner towards ensuring equal opportunities for women. While we remain proud of the contributions from our female leaders, we recognize that there is more to be done to ensure women have equal opportunities, in the office and in the field. EDA Service Manager Jennifer Isopi had this to say:
"We strive to set an example for other women in the industry so that we can succeed and grow together. Everyone in construction should appreciate, respect, and learn from each other regardless of gender." - Jennifer Isopi, Service Manager
Last year, we launched an EDA Women in Construction group to establish strong relationships among the women on the field and in the office. This group aims to empower the women of EDA, providing a platform to speak, feel valued and heard, and establish connections with their peers.