Celebrating International Women’s Day: Breaking Ground in Construction

Lady drilling bricks at IBS

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are reflecting on the progress made towards gender equality and celebrating the achievements of women across all fields, but especially in the construction and building industry. We continue to see significant strides in construction and building with events like the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) that serves as a platform to honor and celebrate the growing presence and impact of women in construction.

The Builders’ Show

Traditionally viewed as a male-dominated industry, construction has been undergoing a transformation in recent years. More and more women are breaking barriers and making their mark in various roles within the construction sector, from architects and engineers to project managers and tradespeople, more and more women are making their way into the industry.

The 2024 NAHB International Builders’ Show was the biggest show in 15 years and provided an excellent opportunity to highlight and celebrate the contributions of women in the housing industry. This event, which annually brings together tens of thousands of industry professionals from around the world, serves as a testament to the diversity and talent within the housing community. 

The 2024 Builders’ Show had 76,000+ attendees and 1,800+ exhibitors.  

NAHB Professional Women in Building @IBS 

The Professional Women in Building (PWB) is an NAHB Council that serves as a nexus for women to connect, mentor and elevate one another. It has been instrumental in fostering the growth of women in residential construction. At the Builders’ Show, Professional Women in Building typically has events, awards and educational programming specifically for women. 

During IBS 2024, thought leaders, executives and industry experts focused on women’s leadership abilities and perspectives that transform the way we design, build, operate and support the home building industry in the PWB Headquarters with education programs, networking and more. We are already in full planning mode for the PWB events that will take place at the Builders’ Show in 2025. 

Speakers at the Builders’ Show 

The latest trends, techniques and technologies in residential construction are at IBS every year. The women who take to the stage as IBS Education speakers are trailblazers making their mark on the industry. At IBS 2024, 40% of the speakers were women.  

Their topics ranged from sustainable building practices to innovative design ideas, marketing strategies, tools and techniques and so much more. These women inspired the audience with their knowledge and tales of perseverance, resilience and success.  

We expect to see a growing number of women taking the stage to speak at IBS. 

Products & Services Represented @IBS 

The products and services that launch at IBS are at the heart of the Builders’ Show. A rising number of these companies and innovations have women at the helm. They are inspiring reminders that women thrive, lead and innovate in residential construction.  

Builders’ Show Attendees 

Perhaps the most vital testament to the growing role of women in residential construction is the increasing number of female attendees at the Builders’ Show. They come from diverse backgrounds – architects, engineers, project managers, marketing and sales professionals, tradespeople and more.  

Each woman has unique experiences and insights that enrich the event and foster an environment of learning and collaboration. Their presence sends a powerful message: the future of residential construction is inclusive.  

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we are promoting gender equality and diversity in construction. We are challenging outdated stereotypes and champion the contributions of women in building the cities and infrastructure of tomorrow. 

Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable industry where all individuals, regardless of gender, can thrive and succeed. Happy International Women’s Day! Sign up for updates on IBS 2025 so you can join us in Vegas, Feb 25 – 27. 

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