• Stacey Borden

Bossman Construction places emphasis on empowering women

Saphia Suarez, BayState Banner When Amenyonah Bossman launched Bossman Construction Management, she intentionally used her last name for the female-centered business. “Working construction, a lot of people wouldn’t want to call me Bossman,” she said. “They would ask if they could call me ‘Boss lady’ or make up another name for me entirely. But I said no, it’s Bossman.”

Bossman learned early on how to stand up for herself as a woman in construction. She attended Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon, and had her sights set on a career in construction by age 13. “I learned early, you’re going to have white boys in your class that are going to want to take the work from you,” Bossman said. “On group projects, they’ll say ‘You take the notes, I’ll cut the wood,’ so I learned early on and was able to advocate for myself.” The stepdaughter of a “master-of-all-trades” carpenter, she fell in love with construction when her stepfather, Abdul Majid, gave her a plastering job to do on one of his sites. Read the full article HERE and learn how, one project she is in the midst of is Kimya’s House, a women’s transitional housing and re-entry program. “That’s what I love about the job — I get the opportunity to help people see their visions to fruition and help them improve the community,” Bossman said. “That’s much more satisfying than big development projects that are just about money. Being able to improve lives, that’s what I meant when I said I could do this for free.”

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