You know the photograph: 11 construction workers smoking, eating and socializing across a beam hovering some 800 feet over Manhattan. It was 1932. The project was 30 Rockefeller Center (a.k.a., the RCA, GE and Comcast Building). The image illustrates our temerity, fearlessness and creativity, even in the middle of the Depression. Here we see our country and ourselves at our best, through what is undoubtedly a group of immigrants, not one of them a woman.


Mayor de Blasio and Counsel to the Mayor and M/WBE Director Maya Wiley Launch Advisory Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed three WBC Board Members to serve on his Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will involve key stakeholders in the MWBE community as the administration works towards the Mayor’s pledge to award more than $16 billion to M/WBE businesses over the next ten years.


Group Working to Inspire Women Builders - Real Estate Weekly

The Women Builders Council (WBC) recently launched a new program to promote dialogue within the industry. Called Cocktails & Conversation and held at the offices of Anchin, Block & Anchin, the event focused on Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Builders.


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With an agenda that included panels named “Next Generation Women at Work and “Girls Who Build,” the Women Builders Council held its first segment of “Cocktails & Conversation,” to inspire what they’re calling the next generation of women builders.” Almost a hundred women attended held in New York City.


New York City Sees Many 'Wins' in Federal Transportation Bill

Congress is poised to approve the most comprehensive transportation bill in years. According to a Mayor Bill de Blasio adviser, the five-year legislation provides relatively long-term transportation funding for the first time since 2005, and it increases funding for New York City by about $500 million.

Learn more details here.

Mayor de Blasio Announces Increased MWBE Access and Opportunity for City Work

On November 11, Mayor de Blasio announced a decisive leap for MWBE’s searching for work in City Housing and Economic Development Projects. By increasing funding and chipping away at larger projects, the City is giving more members of the community opportunities to participate in improving their city.

Want to take part? Read more about the reforms here.

Join the NYC DDC for their Monthly Workshop RFPs 101: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Interpret an RFP and Prepare a Response Proposal

DDC builds many of the civic facilities New Yorkers use every day. As the City's primary capital construction project manager, we provide communities with new or renovated structures such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, courthouses and senior centers. To successfully manage this portfolio, valued at nearly $10 billion, we partner with other City agencies, as well as with emerging and world-renowned architects and consultants whose experience and creativity bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to the projects we build.

Register today here.

Governor Cuomo: New Legislation to Protect and Further Women’s Equality in New York State

On October 21st, Governor Cuomo released ground-breaking news for women in New York State, announcing that a number of important women's equality bills were signed into law. "This State has a legacy of leading the way in advancing equal rights – and today, we are making New York a model of equality for women," said Governor Cuomo. "This comprehensive set of laws will help to ensure that women are supported, protected and given all of the opportunities they deserve in life. Today, New York stands once again as a monument for progress, and a sign of what can be achieved when we come together to do the right thing for women everywhere."

To better understand the impact of the legislation from October 21st, you can read more here or listen to the announcement

WBC Cocktails & Conversation

WBC is proud to have sponsored an engaging networking event on November 11th that culminated into an active discussion of women’s interests and empowerment strategies. WBC Cocktails & Conversation gave us the opportunity to meet other representatives of groups geared towards advancing women's pursuits and to discuss what works for different groups. The room was filled with people eager to connect and build women’s opportunities in the professional and personal landscapes. 

We were able to review and compare our organization's mission, new initiatives, marketing strategies and member engagement with others devoted to empowering women and their professional presence. WBC can now move forward with new strategies to advance women at all levels of the building industry. To help the next generation of women builders, fill out this short survey and make your ideas known.

Women's Equality Act

On Tuesday, January 27th, 2014 the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly passed the women's rights bill, again! However, the bill still faces stiff opposition in the New York State Senate and expectations are that it will be defeated again by a coalition of Republicans and a small splinter group of Democrats. 

The Women’s Equality Act would strengthen the state’s laws against sexual harassment, human trafficking, domestic violence and salary discrimination. It is a cornerstone of Governor Cuomo’s agenda to continue the fight for equal rights and opportunity for all New Yorkers, and restoring New York as a national progressive leader.

New York City Council Votes in Favor of Historic Bill 1

On December 17, 2012 The New York City Council’s Committee on Contracts voted 45 to 2 in favor of passing the historic Intro-911A Bill, which increases the City’s required contract participation goals for small businesses, including certified minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). The bill is a revision of the Local Law 129 legislation passed in 2005. It makes several improvements to the law, including raising the $1 million cap on MWBE contracts. It also implements new accountability measures in an attempt to make sure that MWBE goals are being met.

Learn more about the City’s MWBE initiatives, please click here>>

WBC City Council Breakfast with Women Legislators

On May 22, 2013, at City Hall Restaurant, WBC held a special City Council Legislative Breakfast to help attendees learn more about the impact of New York City’s new Local Law 1-2013 and how the City is building new opportunities for women and minorities in the construction and transportation industries. The breakfast convened New York City Council’s leading women in addition to leaders throughout the construction industry.

To see a photo gallery of WBC’s Special Legislative Breakfast, please click here>>

Women are changing construction industry

A European report summarizes the main conclusions of the WOMEN-CORE project and provides a set of recommendations for improving the knowledge base of women in construction research and for empowering women in the construction industry.  While the study focused on women in construction research and not in the work sector, many of the study findings yield interesting insights applicable to women business owners and women professionals in construction.  Read  more>>