PWB: Blazing Trails, Creating Opportunities

Filed in Councils & Committees by on September 19, 2017 0 Comments

As the NAHB Federation celebrates Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week, we’re taking a closer look at the growth of women in the workforce and our industry. The positive trends confirm that women are making great strides in assuming leadership roles and inspiring the next generation of female building professionals.

With women comprising nearly half of the U.S. workforce, it’s not surprising that they are creating their own companies and blazing trails in many industries traditionally dominated by men. Today, women own nearly 10 million businesses, according to the Department of Labor. And these businesses brought in $1.4 trillion in receipts last year.

In the building industry, women-owned businesses have increased 45% in the last decade, according to a 2016 report by Womenable and American Express OPEN.

While women continue to make up a small percentage of the overall number of workers in the construction industry — about 10%, according to National Association of Women in Construction, NAHB PWB Council members are making a powerful impact in the industry.

In fact, PWB is the fastest-growing council in the NAHB Federation: With 1,620 members and 42 local councils, PWB membership has increased 62% in the past three years.

PWB supports its members at the local, state and national levels by offering mentoring, leadership, networking and educational opportunities, legislative awareness and outreach. You can learn more about PWB at nahb.org/womeninbuilding.

Remember, each day this week, NAHB BuilderBooks is giving away one copy of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home. This invaluable resource is written by PWB member Marla Esser Cloos, who is donating proceeds of her book to benefit the NAHB PWB Building Hope Scholarship FundSimply complete the entry form for an opportunity to win. You only need to enter once to qualify.

In addition to recognizing the role of women in the industry this week, NAHB is also honoring the contributions of the Federation’s Associate members throughout September during Associate Member Appreciation Month. Check out some of the national Associate leaders.

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