In 2015 I am eager to continue the discussion we started at Technology Day last year regarding the role of women in construction technology—and I am going to explain why.

When I was younger and anyone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I had two answers: writer or architect. Yes, I realize the two careers are stark opposites, one requiring creative prowess and the other firmly entrenched in math and science, but those were my two passions at the time and still are my two passions.

If you asked me today why I chose writing I would give you my standard answer: I had more experience in writing from a young age. I was on the newspaper in high school and took numerous creative writing courses, but sadly there weren’t many extracurricular activities in my high school for those interested in architecture.

What’s more—and I haven’t shared this with many people—I was actually discouraged from entering the career path of architecture from a female ironically. When I proudly proclaimed I wanted to be an architect, her response was, ‘Are you sure you don’t just want to be an interior designer and place where the furniture goes? Can you really picture yourself out on a jobsite with construction workers?’ That had a big impact on me choosing the writing profession. Ironically if you would ask me these same questions again today, I would absolutely say yes to the latter. Spending time discussing technology with construction professionals is my favorite part of my job, but I digress.

Bringing the conversation back to the topic at hand: How can we encourage more women to become involved in construction technology initiatives? I am excited to see events taking place such as the one hosted by the NAWIC (National Assn. of Women in Construction), www.nawic.org, Fort Worth, Texas, this week in New York. However, I think we should take it up a notch, more specifically looking at how women can play a role in construction technology initiatives within their companies and the industry as a whole. This is a topic we would like to address this year at Constructech magazine.

In my years as editor, I have had the opportunity to speak with a number of women that have implemented technology strategies, making a difference for their organization, but now I want to hear from you. Do you know a woman who is making a difference? Has the role of women in construction changed? How can the industry can work together to help more women get involved in technology initiatives in construction? Let’s get the discussion going. Construction companies are ultimately the ones that have the most to gain.

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