Celebrating Women in the Construction Industry: Past, Present & Future

March is Women’s History Month. Every year, we look forward to the month of March to take an extra moment in time to highlight and honor women’s contributions in American history. And each year, during Women in Construction week, we take the opportunity to promote the role of women in the construction industry.

 

Many NECA Boston contractors and our IBEW partners held events, jobsite tours and celebrations to highlight the work of the many women within our industry who are making an impact across the region, including Gaston Electrical, JM Electrical, Mass Electric, KB Mac and our national organization, NECA National.

 

Gaston Electrical held many events from bowling to a jobsite tour to attending the 2024 Associated General Contractors Building Women in Construction Inspire Awards ceremony.

 

KB Mac celebrated their IBEW electricians and apprentices with a gift of appreciation for their work on the various jobsites.

Mass Electric spent Women in Construction week highlighting their team members from field engineers, environmental specialists, communications engineers and other who continue to make significant contributions to their company and the industry.

 

JM Electrical spotlighted their exceptional women who continue to create pathways for present and future generations of women in the industry.

 

NECA Boston also proudly celebrated women industry achievers past and present at our 4th annual NECA/IBEW Women in Construction Dinner at 16C, a women-owned restaurant in Quincy, MA. Held during Women in Construction Week, the event was the perfect opportunity for NECA Boston Contractors, IBEW partners, and construction industry professionals to spotlight and celebrate the impact of women in the industry.

 

We brought together a new group of 30 industry women representing the full spectrum – WBE owners, apprentices, foremen, management, journeymen, estimators, engineers, PMs, ices, safety directors & instructors – to network, talk shop and shared experiences, cross career paths, and simply enjoy the company of peers.

 

This was just another reminder that our industry is rich with intelligent, hardworking, gifted, and supportive, women – and NECA Boston contractors and IBEW 103 are certainly well represented. “I love to see how well represented women are becoming across the industry. I started in the industry at a time when there weren’t a lot of women, so it’s nice to see that changing and to know that the next generation of women will step up and keep the industry moving,” noted Kathleen Guinee, NECA Boston’s President and President of Aetna Fire Alarm Service Co., Inc.

Lastly, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the incredible work of the Boston area’s growing community of women-owned construction firms. Be sure to check out this month’s contractor spotlight, Chapman Construction Group of Sandwich, MA. Owner Vicki Chapman shares a compelling and inspiring story that culminates in winning a critical offshore Vineyard Wind 1 contract.

 

You can find a full list of our contractor members on our website: Contractor Directory