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    Balfour Beatty Recognizes Women’s Equality Day and the Road Still Left to Pave

    August 25, 2021

    Whether it is announcing the topping out of a ground-up high-rise, reaching the halfway point of the widening of a major highway or completing an interior fit-up, Balfour Beatty believes it is important to recognize construction milestones and the hard work of our dedicated team members. The company also makes a commitment to recognize milestones that have advanced diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives in the US.

    On August 26, 1920, the nation adopted the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution which prohibits state or federal governments from denying any citizen the right to vote on the basis of sex. Although this was a major milestone in the history of our democracy, it did not fully eliminate voting barriers for all women.

    Many women were still prevented from casting their ballots because of local laws, ordinances or discriminatory practices that denied them full enfranchisement. Equal voting rights and access took many more decades of work from countless, dedicated passionate and courageous suffragists to obtain – culminating the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

    As Balfour Beatty reflects on significance of Women’s Equality Day, and the momentous strides made with a road still left to pave, the company’s Connecting Women employee affinity group is honoring the invaluable contributions made by women in the US.

    Across the country, Balfour Beatty’s Connecting Women teammates are sharing resources on the history of equal rights and representation for women to commemorate, educate and activate other teammates and the construction industry. We encourage you to join us in selecting one or more of these resources to share in the learning and movement for equality:

    As we continue to support women’s equality in our industry and beyond, we recognize that ensuring everyone’s voice is equally heard, valued and respected is an ongoing effort. Much in the same way buildings and infrastructure require routine maintenance and improvements, the critical work of advocating for greater diversity, equity and inclusion and living up to these values every day is a never-ending journey.