Women make up less than 10 percent of workers in the construction industry, one of the services that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed “essential” during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Association of Women in Construction sees opportunities in that gap.

Through mentorship programs, outreach and events such as Women in Construction Week (held March 7-13 this year), NAWIC hopes to attract more women to construction careers and support those who are already in the industry. Comstock’s spoke to Agata Krasniewska and Karen Conrod, president and vice president, respectively, of the Sacramento chapter of NAWIC, about challenges and opportunities for women in their field.