The week of March 3 is national Women in Construction Week, and we are highlighting our women who are a vital component of our industry and successes of the company.
- Thirty-five percent of Leapley’s employees are female – ranging from field staff and accounting to marketing and project management.
- Our Project Management team is nearly 50% female.
- Leapley is a nationally certified woman-owned company.
The need for construction workers and laborers is expected to grow 12% between 2016 and 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – making way for more women to enter this field. According to BizWomen, of the 939,000 women total who worked in construction trades, the predominant number, nearly half at 45 percent, were in sales and office support roles. NAWIC statistics show a steady increase of women in construction over the last decade and the organization said that with construction workers in high demand, women are finding it easier to find a job in construction nationwide.
“When I started out in the 80s, we couldn’t just walk into a room and have instant credibility,” says Equata James, Project Director for Leapley Construction. “We’ve come a long way over the last couple of decades and I’m excited to see more doors open for women in construction.”
One of the most prominent statistics is that the salaries for women in construction are nearly equal to men. While women in the U.S. continue to make an average of 80 cents for every dollar men make, in construction, it’s 97 cents.
“When I was a child, I didn’t think women could work in construction,” says Mitsu Parker, a Senior Project Manager at Leapley. “It wasn’t until I took theatre tech in high school that my passion for construction grew. Managing live shows and the stage evolved into my passion for construction, where I could get the same satisfaction of building and being a part of something amazing.”
Leapley looks forward to a bright and growing future with these innovative leaders in their industry.