National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is celebrating its annual Women in Construction (WIC) Week this week, from March 5-11.

WIC Week highlights “women as a visible component of the construction industry,” according to the association. During the seven-day event, thousands of members of local chapters across the country raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the industry and to emphasize their growing role in the sector.

“Women work in every facet of construction in critically important roles,” says NAWIC president Connie M. Leipard. “NAWIC’s goal during WIC week is to raise awareness and visibility of the women in these roles. This increased visibility will promote the recruitment of more women and encourage others to start careers in construction. This will ultimately ease the workforce shortage in the industry.”

NAWIC chapters across the nation are hosting a variety of activities including community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers and school programs.

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Glass and glazing industry companies such as Giroux Glass are celebrating and recognizing the occasion. Giroux is participating in the NAWIC Los Angeles event.

“Involving women throughout the construction industry allows for full diversity and innovation,” says Giroux president and CEO Nataline Lomedico. “When construction companies find women who love challenges, can work well under pressure and are determined to find solutions—keep them, promote them and empower them.”

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, NAWIC is an international association serving 125 chapters in the United States. NAWIC also has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Check out #wicweek2017 on Twitter to see all the WIC activity going on throughout the U.S.: