Women In Construction

It's no secret that women are making great strides in the construction industry. Read some of their inspiring stories here.

ADOT has hosted many sessions of its Construction Academy during the past six years. But the latest one held at the beginning of March in Phoenix was still a momentous first. That's because all the participants in this academy, which ran from March 2 to 13, were women.

In celebration of Women in Construction Week, Road Machinery & Supplies Co. sponsored a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity build on March 3, 2020, in Oakdale, Minn. Taking part in the build was the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) as the chapter celebrated Women in Construction Week, March 1 to 7.

ConExpo-Con/AGG unveiled a 3D printed statue of a female construction worker to represent the growing role women play in the construction industry. The statue is the world's largest 3D printed statue of person. Standing upon a 10-ft. base, the statue stands an additional nineteen feet high, with her feet placed approximately 10 ft.

You can make a career out of playing in the dirt. You just have to have a good foundation. Lisa Wilson spent plenty of time playing in the dirt like many children. While the residue of a spirited childhood playtime fades, some things do not. Wilson's parents taught her the importance of a solid work ethic, and her mother kept her family involved in the church, which gave her a strong foundation of faith.

Luella Bates of Wisconsin played an influential role in the history of trucks during a time when those vehicles — still in an early stage of development and use in the United States — were widely seen as contraptions that should be operated only by men.

By working at Carolina Cat as a territory sales representative, Chelsea Parker has had the professional good fortune of not having to stray too far from her home base of Swannanoa, N.C. The small western community with a population of roughly 5,000 residents is part of the greater Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which just so happens to be the territory that Parker covers for the Caterpillar equipment dealer.

According to a report by American Trucking Associations, in 2018 the trucking industry was short roughly 60,800 drivers, which was up nearly 20 percent from 2017's figure of 50,700. If current trends hold, the shortage could swell to over 160,000 by 2028.

The third generation of the Boutin family recently took the helm of Boutin & Sons Construction. But this time around, it's a daughter who is running the show, following the death in January 2019 of Ray Boutin, second-generation president and father of Corrine Boutin.

To help highlight women as a viable force of the construction industry, ConExpo-Con/AGG announced a partnership with two women in construction-focused associations: The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Women of Asphalt (WOFA).

A WWII-era poster made in 1942 by Pittsburgh artist Howard Miller for the Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee as part of a series to support the war effort has become an iconic image of female know-how and strength. Commonly referred to as Rosie the Riveter, the image is actually titled "We Can Do It!" It pictures a woman wearing a red and white polka-dot bandana and blue coveralls flexes her bicep in a demonstration of ability and determination.

Kenworth was recognized as a 2019 top workplace for women in the transportation industry by the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) at a ceremony held in conjunction with the organization's Accelerate! Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas. Nominated companies for the special recognition possess a corporate culture that supports gender diversity; provides flexibility in hours and work requirements; offers competitive compensation and quality benefits, such as paid maternity leave; includes training, continuing education and development; and fosters career advancement opportunities.