In 2018, 75,978,000 women were part of the U.S. labor force, representing 46.9% of its total strength. Even though progress has been made in combating gender discrimination in the workplace, the gender pay gap remains much more pronounced than commonly assumed. In November 2018, the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research said that women earn just 49 cents to the typical man’s dollar – far less than the 80 cents usually reported. Some organizations are bucking the trend of gender discrimination, however, and that prompted Forbes and Statista to team up in order to identify America’s Best Employers for Women in 2019.

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