Meet the Women of Taylor Morrison Making Waves in Construction

March 3, 2020
Woman working on metal in cement
By auremar

Construction has traditionally been a male-dominated field, but Taylor Morrison is turning that stereotype on its head. At the company, women are not sidelined. In fact, it boasts a nearly equal male-to-female workforce representation, and that ratio is getting closer to 50-50 with a 34 percent increase in the number of women employed in 2019 from the year prior. The company’s reputation for gender equality, its CEO, Sheryl Palmer, and its overall philosophy to hire the best workers with unique skill sets have enabled Taylor Morrison to cultivate a healthy, gender-diverse workforce where women are not shut out from any role or boardroom. 

Despite overall advancements in gender equality, many construction sites remain largely male dominated. No stranger to challenging the status quo, national homebuilder and land developer Taylor Morrison (NYSE: TMHC) believes women can hold any title and do any job—from chief executive officer, to board director, to construction superintendent.

"We believe the intrinsic differences women bring to the construction side of our business make us not only a stronger organization, but also a better homebuilder," said Charissa Wagner, Senior Vice President of People Development and Operations. "While no two people are the same, women are often naturally communicative, empathic with our buyers, and possess strong attention to detail—all excellent qualities to find in a construction professional."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationally, women account for 47 percent of total employment yet make up only 9 percent of the construction industry—a number that has remained largely the same for the last quarter of a century.

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