Best U.S. companies for working mothers named

Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:57pm EDT
 
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Working Mother magazine on Tuesday named the best U.S. companies for working mothers, citing those that have kept or expanded family-friendly programs and policies amid the pressures of recession.

Company policies for working mothers are particularly significant as more women become their families' sole wage earners, said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media.

Men held some three-quarters of the jobs lost in the U.S. recession, which has slammed male-dominated industries such as construction and manufacturing.

The top 10 companies cited were Abbott Laboratories of Abbott Park, Illinois; Bon Secours Richmond Health System in Virginia; Deloitte LLP in New York; Discovery Communications of Silver Spring, Maryland; Ernst & Young of New York; General Mills of Minneapolis; Chicago-based Grant Thornton accounting firm; IBM Corp of Armonk, New York; The McGraw-Hill Cos publishers in New York; and PricewaterhouseCoopers auditors of New York.

"SAFETY NET FOR WORKING MOTHERS"

Working Mother gave special weight to policies of leave, flexibility and benefits, Evans said. It also honored 90 other companies, along with the top ten, all of which are listed online at www.workingmother.com/bestcompanies.

"We wanted to make sure in times like these, we don't lose any ground," Evans said. "I can't imagine anything more critical than having a safety net for working mothers in this kind of economy."

The top companies offer such programs as on-site or back-up child care, career guidance, pipelines for women's advancement, parental leave and job sharing.   Continued...

 
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