Women Build Hope on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions women make in every aspect of our lives and recognize the fight for women’s rights. Today, four women spent this special day building affordable homes for low- to moderate-income families in our community.

From left to right: Kim, Elly, Alison, and Terri

In 1991, Habitat for Humanity International began Women Build as an opportunity for women to become more actively involved in improving their communities and their construction skills in a supportive and engaging environment.

Alison, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build chair, sees Women Build as an empowering opportunity for women from all walks of life.

“It’s not about excluding men, but rather about including women,” says Alison. “It can be intimidating for women to come to a very testosterone heavy place like a construction site. Women Build puts women at the helm of these projects.”

Terri puts the finishing touches on a bedroom in the home Women Build partially sponsored last year.

Terri, a retired Air Force veteran, saw Alison’s ad for Women Build in the newspaper ten years ago. She had wanted to volunteer with Habitat but wasn’t sure how to get involved. Terri saw Women Build as a chance to gain experience and be a part of a community.

“What I love is the opportunity to teach others,” says Terri. “Women will come in with every intention of just painting, but when I’m done showing them how to use this saw or that drill, they are off on their own doing the construction. It’s an incredible feeling.”

“It’s not about excluding men, but rather about including women.

National Women Build Week kicks off this year on May 13th. Click here if you’d like to get involved or want more information on Women Build’s upcoming build days and events.

We are thankful for the incredible women that work with and for this organization. Happy International Women’s Day!


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