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In The News: QC Businesswomen on the Rise, Fighting to Take the Lead

QC Businesswomen on the Rise

For decades, women have fought for gender equivalence in the work place. According to a recent article published by the Quad-City Times, many believe that women are fighting to take the lead in this battle. According to the article, in a 2016 survey conducted by Iowa Women Lead Change reported that 43 percent of managers in the companies surveyed were females.  However, that percentage dwindles down to only 37 percent female for executive positions within these same companies.

Caitlin Russell
Caitlin Russell

Russell’s Senior Vice President, Caitlin Russell, shared with the Quad-City Times that she was raised to believe that anything a man could do, she could do equally as well. She played on an all-male ice hockey team, played the drums and earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.  Today she is a Senior Vice President and is a strong community leader in the Quad Cities.

While entering a male-dominated field, Caitlin shares that she choose to disregard the stereotypes as to focus on the challenges ahead.  Caitlin stated, “One of the things that’s unique with a lot of these females in the field is they don’t put up with the perception this is only a male field.” Working hard and treating people with respect show your value according to Caitlin.

At Russell, we employ over 35 women in key roles, equating to 39% of our staff. This is triple the worldwide average of women in the construction industry!  At Russell, we are proud to share this statistic and of our women leadership within the company.

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Read the full article here:
Quad-City Times: Quad-City businesswomen on the rise, fighting to take the lead