We exist to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

Our Values: Believe. Persevere. Dare.


The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. 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. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.


NAWIC has a diverse membership and more than 150 chapters, with chapters in almost every U.S. state. Since 1996, NAWIC has seen its Core Purpose grow worldwide and has International Affiliation Agreements with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, NAWIC-Australia, NAWIC-New Zealand, NAWIC-United Kingdom and South African Women in Construction. In NAWIC’s 58 years of service to its membership, the Association has advanced the causes of all women in construction, from tradeswomen to business owners.

NAWIC Leadership

NAWIC is governed by a 15-person Board of Directors. The organization is divided into 8 region directors serve along with the president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer and immediate past president. The Board of Directors holds three board meetings annually to conduct Association business, including a Mid-Year Board Meeting in the spring and two board meetings at NAWIC’s Annual Meeting & Educational Conference.

Breakdown of Women in Construction

As of Dec. 31, 2011, an average of 828,000 women were employed in various occupation sectors of the construction industry. Women now make up about 9 percent of the construction industry in the U.S.

2011 General Construction Statistics

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Breakdown of Women Occupations by Sector

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics