The Covid pandemic has put such a great burden on women that many of them…just left the workforce. That’s nothing new.
But out of the pandemic comes a sign of hope: female-friendly companies leading the way in supporting women, as told by more than 85,000 people surveyed across 40 countries worldwide.
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We’ve got a full breakdown of all the top headlines you can’t miss this week.
#1. The world’s top female-friendly companies.
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on women around the globe. That’s nothing new, especially with new research on women looking to leave their jobs. In fact, by January 2021, nearly 3 million women dropped out of the workforce.
The pandemic has also set back the time it will take to close the gender pay gap globally. That time has not increased from 99.5 years to 135.6 years, according to data from the World Economic Forum.
The issues are not new, either: lack of childcare, balancing work and home life, stress and burnout, and low pay, to name a few. Covid amplified this burden so much so that many women simply left the workforce.
However, out of the pandemic comes signs of light and progress. In a study with Statista, Forbes has identified some of the most female-friendly companies leading the way when it comes to supporting women inside and outside the workforce. More than 85,000 women were surveyed across 40 countries.
In this ranking, companies like The Hershey Company, Southwest Airlines, Miele Gruppe, and Skanska ranked highly as female-friendly workplaces. Read the full list here.