Though there’s been progress in narrowing the gender gap in the U.S. workplace, the pay gap remains much more pronounced that commonly assumed. In late 2018, the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that women are earning only 49 cents to the typical man’s $1, which is much less than the 80 cents normally reported. Some organizations are bucking the gender discrimination trend, however, which prompted Statista and Forbes to team up to identify America’s Best Employers for Women.
The 2020 list was compiled by surveying more than 75,000 U.S. employees working for companies with at least 1,000 on staff in the U.S., and including 45,000 in the sample. Four criteria were involved in the evaluation: direct recommendations in terms of general work topics; direct recommendations relevant for women; indirect recommendations; and diversity levels among top executives or the board. The 300 companies receiving the highest total scores were awarded as the Best Employers for Women of 2020. The research was conducted during March and April when COVID-19 was spreading across the country and the responses reflect employee’s feelings just before the crisis took hold.