Business Forward Survey: Access to Birth Control, Paid Leave, Child Care Support Critical for Women’s Career Advancement

Business Forward has built a network of more than 100,000 business leaders across the country. We’ve worked hard to make sure that network is over half women. But why was it hard? As the nation turns its eyes toward the real and problematic harassment women face in the workplace, employers across the country are trying to understand the challenges – workplace, systemic, legal – that make it harder for women than men to advance professionally. Sexual harassment is one serious problem, but...

Recognizing Women In Business for Women’s History Month 2016

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Business Forward is once again highlighting women leaders in business across the country. “The correlation between women at the C-suite level and firm profitability is demonstrated repeatedly, and the magnitude of the estimated effects is not small,” a study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY recently published. The 31 women below are making an impact in their communities, their companies, and are an inspiration to...

Business Forward Member Companies Score High on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) releases its Corporate Equality Index, which measures corporate policies and practices for LGBT workers. The number of companies offering equal benefits to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees continues to expand at a rapid clip.  So how did companies fair and why does it matter? Many companies offer benefits to their employees to attract talent, create an environment that embraces diversity, and to fill in where...

Equal Pay and Your Bottom Line

President Obama declared today, April 8, “Equal Pay Day” (read his proclamation here). It’s the symbolic day when women’s pay catches up to men’s earnings from the previous year, after taking into consideration experience, time worked, education, and other factors. That’s because, on average, women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes for the same job. Research shows that the pay disparity has wide-ranging impacts on families, on businesses,...