Every now and then, it’s good to remind yourself: it’s great to be a business woman. Whether you work for yourself, or work for a great company, so much is being done to ensure equality, diversity, and improvement in the lives of both employees and women in the community.
Below are 25 companies where women shine – either because they are run by a stellar, intelligent woman, or they’re great places for women to work, or they’re companies whose products or services make the lives of women better, or they boast an extremely high percentage of women employed there. Check out the following 25 companies and feel free to add more deserving companies to this list!
Powerful Companies Run by Women
Kraft Foods: Irene Rosenfelf, CEO
Dupont: Ellen Kullman, Chairman and CEO
Facebook: Sheryl Sandberg, COO
McDonald’s: Jan Fields, President, McDonald’s USA
Xerox: Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO
Avon: Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO
PepsiCo: Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO
Best Places for Women to Work
Aflac & SAS: Both companies, among several others, provides low-cost on-site childcare for working parents. Source
Bayer: Provides 4 months of maternity leave, including 2 weeks full paid maternity leave. That’s above and beyond what U.S. companies are required to provide. Source
Intel: A key company for women in technology, Intel saw a 24% increase last year in the number of women in technical mid- to senior-level jobs since 2004. Nearly one-third of the people on the Board of Directors are women, which is outstanding for a Fortune 500 technology company. Source
The New York Times Company: This company offers a very unusual perk: “at some locations,” the company provides emergency back-up dependent care services for children, parents, or spouses. Source
Sodexo: Sodexo is actively committed to mentoring women and providing significant support for women in the workplace, through their WiNG (Women’s Network Group). Source
Companies Improving the Lives of Women
Coca-Cola: In early 2011, Coca-Cola donated $6 million to an organization called RAIN, which provides safe drinking water and sanitation to countries in Africa where it will improve the lives of 250,000 women and girls. Source
General Mills: Publicly committed to purchasing supplies from minority- and women-owned businesses. Source
Eli Lilly: Also publicly committed to purchasing supplies from minority- and women-owned businesses, and encourages diverse suppliers to stand out via awards and certification programs. Source
Office Depot: Among many other efforts, Office Depot goes above and beyond by supporting female entrepreneurs, specifically, via the Count-Me-In for Women’s Economic Independence organization, which provides loans and resources for women in small business. Source
Zappos.com: For such a large company, Zappos.com makes a continuous effort to support their local community in Kentucky by donating help generously to women’s centers and shelters. Source
Great Companies with the Most Women
Bright Horizons Family Solutions: 13,737 employees, 96% women. Source
Build-a-Bear Workshop: 4,250 employees, 86% women.
Aéropostale: 16,589 employees, 73% women.
Nordstrom: 49,447 employees, 73% women.
Mayo Clinic: 41,068 employees, 70% women.
Starbucks: 103,425 employees, 65% women.
American Express: 26,329 employees, 65% women.