Women in Construction was founded in 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas, by 16 women working in the construction industry. Knowing at that time women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized to create a support network for each other. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its National Charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
The Fort Worth chapter of NAWIC has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in mapping out new roads for the future of women in construction. Not only as office support staff, but as business owners, financial experts, marketing directors, project managers, tradeswomen, and field personnel, as well. As women employed in a non-traditional trade, we have been accepted in our industry, in part, due to the role our founders played in setting the groundwork for us.
NAWIC is an international non-profit association that promotes and supports the advancement and employment of women in the construction industry. Since its founding, NAWIC has grown to a membership of 5,500 women with more than 160 chapters. NAWIC also has International Affiliate Chapters in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.