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2019 Distinguished Women in Construction

2019 Distinguished Women in Construction
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Women in Construction Building on their Strength

Women have many strengths by virtue of being a woman: communicating, managing, scheduling, accounting, designing, interior decorating, and marketing.

Women in Construction
Building on their Strength

Women have many strengths by virtue of being a woman: communicating, managing, scheduling, accounting, designing, interior decorating, and marketing.

Home building has historically been considered to be a male-dominated industry. While this is still true today, in recent years, the ranks of women in construction have increased dramatically across the nation. Today, even in predominantly male-owned building companies, women hold key positions of power with decision-making roles that impact the entire organization’s future. Women are stepping up.

According to a recent study, from 1997 to 2017, the number of women-owned businesses has grown 114% — a growth rate 2.5 times higher than the national growth rate of 44% for all businesses during the same period. And according to the Census Bureau, the construction industry is number one of the top five industries in which women-owned business numbers grew the most from 2016 to 2017.

The evidence that the public’s perception of women in construction has changed from “shock and awe” to “respect and admiration” can be seen in the many mainstream television shows that feature women, actual licensed women contractors, doing a “man’s job.” The popularity of these shows, and their success at attracting advertising dollars, is a great indicator of how much the value of women contractors is now widely accepted and, more importantly, appreciated.

In this special feature of the New Homes Guide, we present an elite group of women in construction who are building homes in the Coastal Bend, and who give new meaning to the role of women as “home makers.”

Camelot Designs & Construction

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Diana Homes, Inc.

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Jackie Homes, LLC

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Newport Custom Homes

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