About Austin NAWIC

On October 31, 1957, Miss Corinne Cole of Dallas wrote Miss Fannie Davis, executive secretary of the Austin Associated General Contractors, about Women in Construction.  Being unable to take on extra work at the time, Miss Davis turned over Miss Cole’s letter to Miss Maxine Studebaker of Frank Rundell Company, who promptly got in touch with several other women and told them about the organization.  Three weeks later, these women met with Corinne Cole, Lourae Smith and Mary Anderson of the Dallas chapter to find out about the organization.  Due to the interest generated, on December 2, 1957, Maxine Studebaker led an organizational meeting at the AGC office.  At the meeting, Bylaws were discussed and adopted, and officers elected.  At the installation banquet, Faye Brown, then National President, presented the chapter its charter.  Chartered on February 15, 1958, Austin NAWIC was the 7th chapter to be chartered in NAWIC.  Officer pins were presented to the chapter as a personal gift of President Brown and Ida Mae Bagby, WIC Extension Director and a founding member of NAWIC.

Today’s NAWIC

Since its founding, NAWIC, an international non-profit organization, has grown to a membership of 5,500 women with more than 160 chapters. In more than 50 years of service to its members, NAWIC has advanced the causes of all women in construction whose careers range from business ownership to the skilled trades. With almost 900,000 women working in construction today, the industry is becoming more accepting of their non-traditional roles.

Over the years, the cause of NAWIC has stayed the same: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry. NAWIC has many education opportunities: For children – to explore and open their minds to the possibilities construction offers as a career choice; For Adults – to further their careers with certification courses. For more than 30 years, NEF has offered creative and educational programs for students from grade school to high school and adult certification programs. The Foundation’s award-winning Block-Kids program, Building Design Program and the CAD/Design/Drafting Scholarship Awards competitions introduce students to careers and opportunities in construction. NEF’s adult certification programs include: Certified Construction Associate (CCA), Construction Document Specialist (CDS) and Construction Industry Technician (CIT), which are administered through Clemson University. Since its founding, the NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) and NAWIC chapters nationwide have awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to students pursuing construction-related studies.

NAWIC has developed nationally recognized awards programs to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry, as well as supporters of women in the industry. The national campaign for Women in Construction Week (WIC Week) is held the first full week of March each year and provides opportunities to celebrate women in construction and to educate the public of their cause. The NAWIC Image, the award winning national bi-monthly magazine showcases the efforts, causes and issues of NAWIC members and the construction industry. It has been the voice of today’s woman in construction for more than 35 years. NAWIC provides education, networking, legislative awareness, industry and community involvement, personal growth and development and lasting friendships. NAWIC is the voice of women in construction.


History of NAWIC

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 were so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction.  In 1958, there were 5 chapters Fort Worth, Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Amarillo.

As word of NAWIC spread, several foreign countries became interested in the cause to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. In 1996, NAWIC signed an International Affiliation Agreement with NAWIC-Australia. In 1998, NAWIC signed an International Affiliation Agreement with New Zealand and another in 1999 with South African Women in Construction (SAWiC). In September 2003, NAWIC signed an international affiliation agreement with the United Kingdom.  And finally, in 2006, an international affiliation agreement was signed with the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC).

Members of the Association are business owners and executives, subcontractors, managers, accountants, estimators and tradeswomen.  Some members are employed in construction trades, including welding, carpentry, plumbing and electrical work.  We are the only group of women in the industry covering all phases of construction.

Our primary object is to increase our knowledge and understanding of all segments of the industry and their interdependence of each other.  Greater knowledge increases interest and tends to create the desire to be a greater service to the industry and to the community.  This allows a better understanding of the contributions our employers make to the building business.  As we increase in efficiency, we will improve our chances of advancement and be more of an assist to our employers and to ourselves.

Monthly chapter meetings, regional conferences and national conventions provide opportunities to build a strong communication network.  This helps develop and broaden valuable business contacts for your firm thorough your employee.

More than 30 associations work with NAWIC to share resources, promote aggressive problem solving, and provide safety training and practices.  Together, we create a more positive image of the industry of construction.

Over the years, the cause of NAWIC has stayed the same: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry. NAWIC has many education opportunities: For children – to explore and open their minds to the possibilities construction offers as a career choice; For Adults – to further their careers with certification courses. For more than 30 years, NEF has offered creative and educational programs for students from grade school to high school and adult certification programs. The Foundation’s award-winning Block-Kids program, Building Design Program and the CAD/Design/Drafting Scholarship Awards competitions introduce students to careers and opportunities in construction. NEF’s adult certification programs include: Certified Construction Associate (CCA), Construction Document Specialist (CDS) and Construction Industry Technician (CIT), which are administered through Clemson University. Since its founding, the NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) and NAWIC chapters nationwide have awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to students pursuing construction-related studies.

NAWIC has developed nationally recognized awards programs to celebrate the achievements of women in the industry, as well as supporters of women in the industry. The national campaign for Women in Construction Week (WIC Week) is held the first full week of March each year and provides opportunities to celebrate women in construction and to educate the public of their cause. The NAWIC Image, the award winning national bi-monthly magazine showcases the efforts, causes and issues of NAWIC members and the construction industry. It has been the voice of today’s woman in construction for more than 35 years. NAWIC provides education, networking, legislative awareness, industry and community involvement, personal growth and development and lasting friendships. NAWIC is the voice of women in construction.