The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. It was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. NAWIC has a membership of more than 4,500 and approximately 167 chapters, with chapters in almost every U.S. state. In NAWIC’s years of service to its membership, it has advanced the causes of all women in construction, from tradeswomen to business owners.