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2015 Top Fairygodboss Employer Moments

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TAGS:Lyft, Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Women in the workplace, McKinsey, Netflix, Adobe, Google, Intel, Paternity leave, Parental leave, Maternity leave, Gender equality, Salesforce, Accenture

As we look back on 2015, we wanted to celebrate the good work that employers have done to help support women in the workplace. These #fairygodboss employers really impressed us!

1. In January, Lyft makes 2 new senior-level female hires which makes it's executive team ~50/50 balanced in terms of gender. The company also implements a 3-month paid maternity leave policy.

2. In April, led by CEO, Marc Benioff, Salesforce announces a compensation audit to make sure men and women at the company are paid equally and fairly for their work. This results in a $3 million adjustment to female employees over the year.

3. In June, Intel launches $125 million fund to invest in businesses led by women and underrepresented minorities.

4. By July, Google and other tech companies following its example saw the one year anniversary of an initiative to release employee  diversity data. While the industry revealed modest progress in 2015, many pledged to try harder and we are encouraged by these companies' continued commitment to transparency.

5. In August, Netflix announces an unlimited parental leave policy for full-time salaried employees, and later extends paid maternity leave to it's hourly employees.

6. Adobe doubles its paid maternity leave to 26 weeks and increases paternity and adoptive leave to 16 weeks in August.

7. In the same month, Microsoft extends parental leave policies so new moms can take a total of 20 weeks of paid time off.

8. In September, everyone talks about McKinsey's study of what ~30,000 employees at 118 companies say about the state of gender equality in the workforce. There findings are sobering, but what isn't measured is unlikely to change.

9. In the same month, Hilton Worldwide announces industry-leading maternity leave benefits for the hospitality industry. Employees at corporate offices and managed hotels with a minimum of 1 year of service will receive 10 weeks of fully paid leave.

10. In October, the Gates Foundation expended its paid parental and maternity leave to one full year of leave for new and adoptive parents.

11. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names the country's first 50/50 gender-balanced cabinet because "It's 2015" in November.

12 Accenture amplifies the discussion of gender equality in partnership with the Huffington Post with stories from 130,000 of its women to highlight challenges, inspire others, and provide advice  to others.

We believe stories and voices matter at Fairygodboss, and we hope to keep hearing from employers and women in 2016!

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