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NAWIC-History

The Detroit Chapter

The Detroit Chapter of NAWIC was founded in 1971 by a group of women pioneers in the construction field. Our organization provides networking and support for women in the construction industry, and our membership is all-encompassing. Our members are architects, engineers, construction managers, safety officers, lawyers, accountants, real estate professionals, materials suppliers, women-owned businesses, tradeswomen, and many more. Our monthly meetings are typically the third Tuesday of the month.

The National Association of Women in Construction

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. It was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction.

NAWIC has a diverse membership and more than 140 chapters, with chapters in almost every U.S. state. Since 1996, NAWIC has seen its Core Purpose grow worldwide and has International Affiliation Agreements with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, NAWIC-Australia, NAWIC-New Zealand, NAWIC-United Kingdom and South African Women in Construction. In NAWIC’s 59 years of service to its membership, the Association has advanced the causes of all women in construction, from tradeswomen to business owners.