Why Division 9 Construction is Proud to be a Women-Owned Business

Division 9 Commercial Construction is proud to be one of the 13% of women-owned construction businesses. In the last 20 years, there has been a significant increase in the number of women in construction, both in positions in the field and in companies owned by women. As these opportunities continue to grow, their impact is leaving an even greater impact. Women’s perspectives, skills, and experience can greatly benefit construction projects.

Women who paved the industry

Women in construction date far back in history. Emily Roebling led the construction of one of the most notable US structures, the Brooklyn Bridge. She took over as lead supervisor, fulfilling the engineering responsibilities when her husband, lead designer, passed away. This monumental accomplishment allowed many women to contribute greatly to the industry. 

While we can thank Emily and many other women in the past, these modern-day women are recognized for their contributions to the construction industry, breaking barriers and leading some of the most innovative projects worldwide. Some of the most influential and famous women in construction, known for their leadership, expertise, and groundbreaking work, include:

Cheryl McKissack Daniel:

 Cheryl is the President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack. She was crucial in major projects like the World Trade Center, JFK Airport, and Lincoln Center. Her leadership exemplifies the potential of women-led companies in executing large-scale construction endeavors.

Anne Ellis: 

Anne is the Executive Director of the Charles Pankow Foundation and a former Senior Vice President at AECOM. She is known for her contributions to advancing concrete technology and innovation in construction methods and for being a strong advocate for women in engineering and construction.

Patricia Galloway: 

Patricia is the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and CEO of Pegasus Global Holdings. She has been a trailblazer in managing and consulting on large-scale international projects.

Advantages of Women-Owned Construction Companies

As a result of the growing presence of women-owned businesses in the construction sector, the sector is undergoing significant changes. With a focus on fostering innovation, promoting collaboration, prioritizing sustainability, and empowering women economically, the influence of women-led construction companies is substantial. This indicates a promising path for the future of the construction industry.

The Future of Women in Construction

Across the board, the construction industry embraces diversity and opens doors wider for women. It’s a fresh wave of energy, lighting up the field with opportunities for all. With the industry evolving, it’s becoming a place where everyone’s contributions are valued and celebrated, setting the stage for a brighter, more inclusive future. Here are other positive changes in the industry:

Technological Advancement and Leadership

Integrating new technologies, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and green construction methods, can enhance women’s leadership skills. Women’s aptitude for collaboration and innovation positions them well to lead in these areas, driving the industry forward.

Education and Mentorship Programs

With more women in the field, there will be greater mentorship and education program opportunities. More scholarships, internships, and networking opportunities are available for women and are designed to help encourage the next generation of female construction professionals.

Policy and Industry Changes

Initiatives in the construction industry and future policy changes aim to make the industry more inclusive and equitable. Equal pay, anti-discrimination measures, and work-life balance are among the initiatives being undertaken to make the workplace more welcoming for women.

The contributions of women in construction are paving the way for future generations, while anticipated industry changes promise a more inclusive and equitable environment. Supporting and promoting women in construction is not just about gender equality; it’s about harnessing diverse talents to drive innovation, sustainability, and equity within the industry. The future of construction is undeniably brighter, with women at the forefront, shaping its evolution with determination, skill, and vision.