The 10 Best Companies To Work For If You’re A Lady
3:30 pm, February 8th | by Meredith Lepore
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a division of Working Mother Media, released its annual list of the top 50 companies for executive women. These companies are selected based on their commitment to making it easier for women to succeed in their careers. If you want feel secure in your career even if you (gasp!) end up taking maternity leave, these are the companies you want to work for.
The Top 10 for 2013 are: Abbott, AstraZeneca, General Mills, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Marriott International, Procter & Gamble, Prudential Financial and State Farm. You can see the full list here.
“The companies needed a minimum of two women on their boards of directors and at least 1,000 employees in the U.S. They were chosen based on female representation at all levels, employees’ access to and usage of programs and policies that promote the advancement of women, and the training and accountability of managers in relation to the number of women who advance in the company.”
“There must be cohesiveness on the board to get the work moving forward,” Carol Evans, CEO of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), said. “Women add their own perspectives, experience and knowledge to the board, which cannot be found any other way than by having gender diversity.”
Other companies should take note, as research has shown that companies with more women in top leadership positions, on average, far outperform those with fewer female execs. Companies with more women on their board of directors are also likelier to have more women serving as corporate officers. Companies with more women in senior leadership positions practice more corporate philanthropy and likely also have higher quality Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Something for everyone!