Women in Construction Week is part of the broader Women’s History Month celebration in March. The week, started by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is an opportunity to highlight the growing role of women in the construction industry.
“NAWIC’s core purpose is ‘enhancing the success of women in the construction industry’ and what better way to continue this purpose, but to dedicate our WIC Week, not only to our members, but to all women working in and for the construction industry and to recognize the contributions women make to the success of projects in all facets of the industry,” said NAWIC President Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT.
Women represent 47% of the total U.S. workforce and are playing an increasingly significant role in the world of construction. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA, only 9% of total construction employees are women.
Given this fact, it’s inspiring to come across women who are thriving in such a traditionally male-dominated industry.
In honor of Women in Construction Week, Gage Brothers wants to highlight some exceptional women who help to make Gage Brothers a stronger and more competitive company. Read on to explore Marlene Fiedler’s experiences in construction/manufacturing and to find out her advice for others looking to take a similar path.
Name: Marlene Fiedler
Job Title: Grounds & Facilities Foreman
Q: How long have you been in the manufacturing industry?
A: 13 years
Q: Why did you choose a non-traditional career field?
A: I had cooked in a restaurant for 30 years and I wanted something different. So glad I did…I love my job!
Q: Have you ever faced any barriers in what is a male-dominated industry?
Q: What challenges do you see other women in construction facing?
A: Being able to compete side-by-side with the men doing the same job on a daily basis.
Q: What is the most satisfying part of your job?
A: The people I work with and the company I work for! Also, I get to work all over the plant and do different things!
Q: What motivates you to keep working so hard at Gage Brothers?
A: The day to day challenges!
Q: What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction or manufacturing industry?
A: If your new to the construction industry like I was, don’t be afraid to ask questions and be willing to learn. Try hard, don’t give up and you can prevail!