PlanGrid’s commitment to pay equality in the workforce
Women represent half of the population in the U.S., but according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, make up less than 9% of the construction industry workforce, and of that percentage, there is an even smaller number of women in leadership roles. On average, women working full-time earn $0.79 to every $1.00 a man earns. The pay gap is even greater for African American and Latina women, with African American women earning 63 cents and Latina women earning 54 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man.
A few years ago, M.I.T., Carnegie Mellon, and Union College researchers found that there are three main characteristics that distinguished the smartest teams:
- Teams with more women outperformed teams with more men
- All team members were encouraged to contribute equally to discussions (rather than letting one or two people dominate)
- They recorded a higher level of emotional intelligence
Diversity and inclusion at all levels is vital to the construction industry — bringing unique perspectives needed to innovate the sector, attract and engage the world’s best talent, and help customers build better.
At PlanGrid, we have hosted a Girl Geek dinner, partnered with organizations including CODE2040 and Hackbright, and organized Women in Construction events like the one we recently held on March 23. We want to inspire other executives in the construction and technology industries to open their books and acknowledge any gender bias located in their accounting spreadsheet. Beyond equal pay, the industry needs to be actively involved in working with their communities to mentor traditionally underrepresented populations and encourage them to pursue passions regardless of social norms.
Author: Tracy Young
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