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Why These Women in Construction Don’t Install Glass Ceilings

Celebrating Inspiring Females in the Construction Industry

Quiz time. How many of the following famous women in construction are you familiar with?

  • Olive Dennis: The first women to join the American Railway Engineering Association as an engineer
  • Lillian Gilbreth: The “First Lady of Engineering” and women of modern management
  • Mary Kenney Sullivan: The founder of the Women’s Trade Union League
  • Julia Morgan: First female architect licensed by California to practice architecture, designing over 700 buildings
  • Kris Young: First female to serve as President for the Associated General Contractors of America
  • Emily Warren Roebling: Took over as the Chief Engineer of Brooklyn Bridge construction when her husband fell ill

While we could go on and on about incredible females in construction, it’s evident that women’s influence in the past and present day have helped the industry excel substantially. Although it’s hard to deny that the field isn’t still male-dominated, with only 9.1% of the construction workforce being female, women’s presence on jobsites is growing around the world.

Over the last year, we’ve had the fortune of speaking with many women in construction who are breaking down past preconceptions and building incredible things. Sharing everything from how they started in construction to what they love most about working in the sector, watch below to learn why women are both the present and future of the industry.

We Need to Hear the Stories of More Females in Construction

Sharing the stories of females in construction is a powerful way to encourage others to enter and excel in the industry. But even today, many women don’t even consider construction a career they would find interest in, despite the number of growing resources. 

Director and Producer, Lorien Barlow, knew that the world needed to hear more stories about females working in construction to help break down gender barriers. As a result, she set out to create the first feature-length documentary about women in construction, “Hard Hatted Woman.” Recognizing the need for an initiative like this documentary, companies like Autodesk, Turner Construction, National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Structure Tone have already funded the project in support. To learn more about “Hard Hatted Woman,” visit their website.

Share Your Story

Do you have a story to tell about your experiences from being a woman in construction? We want to hear your story. Fill out our interest form, and you might be the next featured story on our blog.

Further Reading:  10 Must-Read Construction Articles from September 2019

Grace Ellis

As a Content Marketing Manager at PlanGrid, Grace is the managing editor for the PlanGrid Construction Productivity Blog. With over eight years of experience in marketing, communications and PR for technology companies, she is specialized in high-quality content creation across both traditional and digital media platforms.