Founded by women, The Estée Lauder Companies has been named the best employer for women.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 8, 2019

Market research company Statista and Forbes have identified the best places for women to work in the US in 2019. The Estée Lauder Companies was named the best employer this year.

In 2018, Principal Financial Group topped the list (ranked number five this year), followed by Penn Medicine (no ranking) then Hallmark (number four).

“We are thrilled to be recognised by Forbes as a Best Employer for Women,” says Alexandra Trower, Executive Vice President, Global Communications, The Estée Lauder Companies. “We were founded by a woman so cultivating a culture that supports female employees is just a natural part of our DNA.”

Eighty-four per cent of Estée Lauder Companies global workforce are women, 53% of women are in senior positions (vice president and above) and 43% of the ELC board are women, Estée Lauder Companies stated.

The Estée Lauder Companies listed the following highlights for women working at the company:

  • NEW and enhanced family-related programs, policies and benefits for employees in the US, including a 20-week Paid Parental Leave Policy;
  • COUNTLESS career trajectories and stretch assignments available to employees around the world, with options to move between brands, regions and functions;
  • MENTORING, reverse mentoring and sponsorships that support and encourage career growth.

Estee Lauder
The brand’s Founder, Estée Lauder is pictured here making history in 1970 at her Melville plant.

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The need for equal pay for women has been amplified by the all-conquering US National Football Team which won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France to make it a record four World Cup wins. The crowd at the final chanted “equal pay, equal pay”.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report last month stated that only 15 countries will close their gender gap within the next 50 years looking at the latest figures.

For example, Iceland, where the gender gap is the least, is expected to close the gap in 23 years, while France, currently ranked 12th among 149 economies, is expected to close its overall gender gap in 22 years. At current trends, the US will take 208 years to close its gender gap.

Forbes‘s annual ranking of America’s best employers for women was compiled by surveying 60,000 Americans, of which 40,000 were women, who were working for businesses with at least 1,000 workers.

The 20 top places for women to work in 2019 are:

  1. The Estée Lauder Companies, packaged goods
  2. Ulta Beauty, retail and wholesale
  3. University of Utah, education
  4. Hallmark Cards, packaged goods
  5. Principal Financial Group, banking and financial services
  6. Unilever, packaged goods
  7. Best Buy, retail and wholesale
  8. Keller Williams Realty, business services and supplies
  9. Cincinnati Children’s, healthcare and social
  10. Harvard University, education
  11. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts, insurance
  12. Stryker, health care equipment and services
  13. Providence Healthcare, healthcare and social
  14. Mayo Clinic, healthcare and social
  15. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  16. Oregon Health & Science University, education
  17. Great Clips, retail and wholesale
  18. Quicken Loans, banking and financial
  19. Gwinnett County Public Schools, education
  20. Sephora, retail and wholesale

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