March 6th, 2024

Blueprint for Progress: Spotlight on Women in Construction

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The construction industry, long dominated by men, is undergoing a significant shift as more women break barriers, paving the path for future generations. As we mark Women in Construction Week from March 5 to March 11, it’s crucial to acknowledge and honor the invaluable contributions of women in this field.

Although there’s still progress needed to attain proportional representation, the proportion of women employed in construction has been steadily rising. Before 2016, women comprised approximately nine out of every 100 employees in the construction sector. However, since then, the share of female employment has increased nearly every year, reaching 10.8% as of 2023.

In Maryland:

  • Female employment share in the construction industry: 12.1%
  • Total female employment in the construction industry: 27,942

This year’s Women in Construction Week’s theme is “Key to the Future ” celebrating the strength and knowledge of women in the industry and the vital role they play in shaping the future of construction. In the past year there’s been a 10.4% increase in women in management roles in the industry, demonstrating a continuing cultural shift and paving the way for future generations.

Women in Construction at Stein Sperling

We guide our clients through a wide range of construction and real estate-related legal matters. We represent a broad array of clients, including builders, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects and engineers, as well as home and business owners. Meet several members of our construction team at Stein Sperling.

Beth McIntosh Irving

Beth Irving is well-versed in real estate law, specializing in complex commercial transactions such as acquisitions, sales, development, financing, and leasing. Throughout her career, she’s negotiated agreements for construction, leasing, and management, working with developers, tenants, and foundations. Beth has served on the Board of Directors for the Commercial Real Estate Women, within the organizations inaugural five years, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Judith G. Cornwell

Judy Cornwell’s thorough understanding of the construction sector, along with its intricate and detailed contracts, gives Judy the edge in guiding contractors, subcontractors, developers and other involved parties through negotiations, dispute resolution or litigation where necessary. She focuses her practice on complex commercial and construction litigation. Judy regularly speaks to owners, contractors and subcontractors on topics such as contracting pitfalls that can jeopardize businesses and strategies for addressing common subcontracting issues.

Flora K. Lee

With a keen understanding of the complexities within the industry, Flora Lee represents a diverse clientele, including builders, general contractors, and subcontractors. With her multifaceted background, Flora adeptly navigates the complexities of construction disputes, providing comprehensive representation to her clients with proficiency and insight.