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).
A video has been produced telling the story of the beginnings of NAWIC, which is available nationally to encourage women employed in the construction industry to realize that a dream can come true.
As women employed in a non-traditional trade, we have been accepted in our industry in part to the role our founders played in setting the groundwork for us.
Fort Worth 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.
The organization is composed of Chapters within Regions. There are a total of 14 Regions nationwide. The Fort Worth Chapter is part of Region 7, which contains 9 chapters in middle and eastern Texas and Oklahoma bringing membership to nearly 300. NAWIC also has International Affiliate Chapters in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
The founding of the Association has advanced the causes of all Women in Construction.
For more history and information, visit our national NAWIC website http://www.nawic.org/nawic/default.asp