To determine the 25 Best Companies for Women, DailyWorth first had to acknowledge that there is not a single track for all women. What constitutes the "best" for one woman does not necessarily apply to the next.
Growing research (and personal experience) proves that not all women want the same things, professionally or personally. Increased visibility of women who are childfree by choice, single women, single mothers and women who choose to be long-term partnered as opposed to married, highlights the diversified landscape. We have taken all that into consideration.
We started with over 800 companies, pulled from the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, Fortune 1,000 companies with female CEOs, members of C200 Leadership, the 2020 Index, 2014 NAFE Top 50 and Working Mother Best 100.
Our elaborate point system included a detailed analysis of upward mobility for women as well as a culture of support for women and their families as evidenced by benefits, perks and leadership values. Point attributions were based on the following criteria:
- Number of female board members
- Number of women with “chief” titles (additional points for a female CEO)
- The company’s profitability
- On-site childcare/subsidized childcare options
- Adoption/IVF/fertility reimbursement
- Paid maternity leave
- Paid paternity leave
- Flex-time/working off-site options
- Female leadership/mentor programs
- Retention rate of female employees
Our point system gave equal weight for maternity benefits and advancement within the company, accommodating more traditional-minded women as well as those who do not see motherhood in their future. Job security within a profitable company was also of paramount importance.
While our list does not follow a strict 1-25 ranking, our collected data offers a resource for women to choose the best company for them. Whether you're looking for a company that offers the most flexibility or best child care, you'll find it on our list.
We believe that all companies should offer many of the highlighted benefits, but while we’re waiting for that to happen, here are the 25 that are leading the way.