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Women Are On the Rise in Construction

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From March 1 through March 7, the construction industry honored the work of women through National Women in Construction Week, which also can serve as an important reminder that women are an underused resource for talent in the industry. But that may be changing.

According to BigRentz Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based equipment rental network, women only account for 10.3 percent of the people who work in construction. But as the industry grows its workforce, the company projects that women will comprise 46.8 percent of the industry by 2022.

There also has been a rise in awareness about the opportunities for women. Lynn Bolek, a project manager for a.j. Veneklasen Inc., told WZZM-TV, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based station, that when she started in the industry 27 years ago, the presence of women in the industry was uncommon. But now, “it’s starting to turn around,” she said.

According to Bolek, one of the traits that makes women such a good fit for construction, is that they are good communicators. In addition, “We are organized and multi-taskers, for the most part,” she told the station. “We can take multiple projects and work through them from start to finish. I think that talent and that ability has really helped the industry.”

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