Construction management, architecture and design are historically male-dominated industries. In fact, just 10.9% of the construction workforce nationally are women, and women make up only 22.3% of the architecture field. At Related Midwest, we believe representation matters. When women have more opportunities to have a seat at the table, job sites are more diverse.
As a 10-year member of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), Related Midwest has long admired the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the construction industry. Its emphasis on creating opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses is exactly why we joined a decade ago.
Several structures, roads and museums are named after Chicago’s Black founder Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, yet like many other notable Black Americans, his contributions have not made him a household name. Black History Month attempts to remedy this by honoring Black heroes, pioneers and innovators, many of whom—like du Sable—were not sufficiently appreciated in their time.