As a result of the Covid-10 pandemic, many women have left their careers due increased childcare demands, stress and lack of opportunities to progress.
However a number of companies have stepped up their efforts to support women in the workplace, by prioritising diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Forbes and Statista therefore teamed up to explore the best employers for women in the US.
08: Loyola University Chicago
With the mission to increase the number of underrepresented identities, including race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and ability, on campus Loyola University Chicago has created a diverse and inclusive space for students and staff. Over the last 10 years, a series of recruitment efforts to diversify faculty, staff, and student populations reflected a diversity composition increase of 11.9%.
AstraZeneca has dedicated training programmes to support and accelerate the career and personal goals of women. Women are currently promoted at a higher rate than men across all levels of seniority, positively impacting the gender balance. The company has a number of other initiatives in places to promote DEI, including attracting, developing and retaining high-quality talent from a broad and diverse talent pool.
06: L'Oreal USA
Not only has L'Oreal USA been listed as one of the best employers for women in the US, but it’s also been recognized as one of the most gender-balanced companies in the world. Jean-Claude Le Grand, Executive Vice President Human Relations at L’Oréal said: “L’Oréal has been engaged in favour of diversity and inclusion for many years and the fight for workplace gender equality is one of our top priorities for more than 15 years.”
To ensure Carvana maintains a healthy work environment that supports women, they have a specific code of conduct that all employees must adhere to. Female employees have praised Carvana for its workplace culture, employee benefits and for CEO Ernest Garcia III’s work to create an inclusive company culture.
04: EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO has prioritised creating an inclusive working environment for all employees by improving the recruitment, retention, day-to-day experiences and promotion of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQIA+, the neurodiverse and people with disabilities. Women are also offered valuable networking, educational and mentoring opportunities that support and promote career advancement, leadership development.
Whether you love them, or you hate them, Crocs have won a number of awards for their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and have landed the third spot on Forbes’ top employers for women list. To ensure the company has an inclusive culture, Crocs has employed a “Come As You Are” strategy, which encourages employees to share their opinions and to create a feeling of value.
Clothing brand REI has become a fierce pioneer for advancing gender equality, through both its company culture and through its products. Over the past three years, REI has promoted gender equity by offering more sizes in apparel, creating, promoting internal opportunities for women working, dissolving unnecessary gender labels on gear, supporting organisations that promote inclusivity and spotlighting the many women crushing it outside.
01: Tampa General Hospital
As one of the largest hospitals in America, Tampa General Hospital delivers first-class care to patients and is the region’s only centre for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. It is also home to nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centres and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Women at Tampa General Hospital have praised the perks and benefits, leadership and team as the most rewarding aspects of working for the hospital.