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Women in Construction Week

Women in Construction Week 

This week, March 5-9, has been nationally celebrated as Women in Construction (WIC) Week. WIC Week is put on by the National Association of Women in Construction, an international not-for-profit corporation comprised of women employed in various construction-related fields that promote the industry and support the advancement of women within it. Our local Quad City Chapter has been actively promoting the construction industry since 1961.  Recently, four of our own employees joined the local chapter: Beth Beverlin, Lindsay Eisentrout, Mary Kilburg, and Kristen Anderson.

The goal of Women in Construction Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry by raising awareness of the vast opportunities available for women in the industry as well as the growing role of women in construction.  The worldwide average of women in the construction industry is currently only 13 percent.  Russell is proud to have 35 women employed, making up 39 percent of our company total!

To celebrate these wonderful Russell women, each was given a carnation to display at their desks.  Everyone was also given the opportunity to write words of appreciation for the women of Russell to have displayed on a board in our office.  Then to kick off International Women’s Day on Thursday, a Hart Hat Happy Hour was hosted for the ladies. Kathy Halter, who has been with Russell for 30 years, shared some insight from her time in the industry. Kathy was the second women employed by Russell, only behind Jim Russell’s mother, Marjorie Russell.

Congratulations and thank you to all of our ladies in construction!