March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day. This week is both International Women’s Week and Women in Construction Week, and March is Women’s History Month in the U.S. During this time, we are celebrating the achievements made by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries, communities and fields of work.

  • According to the Center for American Progress, if every woman in the workforce did not work for 24 hours, it would put a $21 billion dollar dent in country's gross domestic product—without factoring in the economic value of women's unpaid labor. If all that caretaking work were factored into GDP, it would surge by more than 25% (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • A new study from the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY reports that profitability increases by 15% for firms that have at least 30% female executives versus firms with no women in the top tier positions.
  • As of 2016, there are 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., employing 9 million people and generating an astounding $1.6 trillion in revenues. Between 2007 and 2016, the growth in the number of women-owned firms has outpaced the national average by five times and business revenues have increased at a rate that’s 30% higher than the national average during this same period.

As we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world in honor of International Women’s Day, we at DPR want to recognize the women who lead and inspire us every day. Construction is a traditionally male-dominated industry that is only 9.3 percent women (Bureau of Labor Statistics). We want to spotlight the women who are paving the way and are proud to announce the launch of a monthly blog series called Celebrating Women Who Build, dedicated to sharing stories of women who build great things not only at DPR, but across the AEC industry.

Celebrating Women Who Build will tell stories of empowered women, who are successfully executing complex, technical projects. We want to connect, inspire, develop and advance women in the industry as they build meaningful careers–whether it’s as a PE, a PX, an architect or an owner.

As our first Celebrating Women Who Build profile will post later this month, please join us in creating a strong, supportive environment where all builders can thrive–today, and every day.