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  WORKING MOTHER MAGAZINE FINDS NO DROP IN PROGRAMS,
ANNOUNCES 100 BEST COMPANIES FOR WORKING MOTHERS

New York, NY (September 23) - Payroll may be down but work/life benefits are up at many of America's top companies, according to Working Mother magazine, which today released its 18th annual list of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers."

"Even these tough economic times haven't swayed the commitment of our forward-thinking 100 Best companies," says Working Mother Editor-in-Chief Jill Kirschenbaum. In fact, the magazine finds that companies have increased benefits - ranging from child-care programs to massages to take-home dinners straight from the company cafeteria - in order to cut stress and keep employees healthy.

What this means, says Kirschenbaum, is that "workplace cultures at the best places to work have changed and now reflect the permanent impact of working mothers. And companies also are responding to pressure from both men and women in Generations X and Y, who want a balanced life. Work/life benefits are here to stay."

Working Mother Media CEO Carol Evans, who was the publisher of Working Mother when it began evaluating work/life programs 18 years ago, points to "the growing competition and attention to the list as having played an important role in the work/life revolution, one whose impact will be felt for years to come."

This represents "a seismic shift at companies around the country," says Kirschenbaum, "turning work/life into an essential part of business strategy." Even as little as four years ago, only 30 percent of companies on the 100 Best list had a wide array of child care and flexibility options. Now most companies do - and they're getting stronger, with additions like afterschool, holiday, and emergency care for kids and elders, as well as fitness programs.

In another trend: Companies are offering afterschool programs for teens and tweens in day-care centers, as well as support groups and counseling for parents. This is important for families who are now caring for both their growing children and aging parents, according to Kirschenbaum. "Just as they are reaching the peak of their careers, women are facing the biggest challenges in their family lives. Companies that offer tween and teen programs and support for other family members keep employees at work and on track." One notable program sends a specialist into the home to evaluate the needs of a geriatric parent; 98 percent of the Best Companies offer some form of elder-care resource and referral.

Kirschenbaum calls these changes "common sense on the part of the companies," because both employees and employers benefit. "When an employee's personal life runs smoothly, her productivity continues uninterrupted," she says, pointing to such cutting-edge offerings as sending a trained caregiver to the employee's home when her child is sick. Adds Kirschenbaum: "These programs markedly cut absenteeism."

The complete list of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers appears in the October issue of Working Mother (on newsstands today and at www.workingmother.com). Working Mother will honor the companies at a gala awards ceremony at the 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress in New York September 29-October 1 (www.worklifecongress.com).

How the 100 Best companies compare with other companies in the U.S.:
(National figures based on the Society for Human Resource Management's 2003 Benefits Survey)

o 100% of 100 Best offer flextime vs. 55% companies nationwide

o 99% of 100 Best offer an employee assistance program vs. 67% nationwide

o 98% of 100 Best offer elder-care resource and referral services vs. 20%
nationwide

o 96% of 100 Best offer child-care resource and referral services vs. 18% nationwide

o 94% of 100 Best offer compressed workweeks vs. 31% nationwide

o 93% of 100 Best offer job-sharing vs. 22% nationwide

o 77% of 100 Best offer therapeutic massages vs. 11% nationwide

o 47% of 100 Best sponsor sick-child care vs. 7% nationwide

o 44% of 100 Best offer before/afterschool care vs. 4% nationwide

o 39% of 100 Best offer paid paternity leave vs. 12% nationwide

o 27% of 100 Best offer paid maternity leave beyond the short-term disability
period vs. 14% nationwide

Top 10
Working Mother gives special mention to this year's Top 10 companies (listed alphabetically):
· Abbott Laboratories, IL
· Booz Allen Hamilton, VA
· Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, NY
· Eli Lilly and Company, IN
· Fannie Mae, DC
· General Mills, MN
· IBM Corporation, NY
· Prudential Financial Inc., NJ
· S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., WI
· Wachovia Corporation, NC

Best in Class
Using company survey scores, this year Working Mother highlights as BEST IN CLASS those companies excelling in specific categories: Liz Claiborne, Inc. (representation of women), Booz Allen Hamilton (advancing women), JPMorgan Chase (total compensation), IBM Corporation (child care), S. C. Johnson & Son (flexibility) and Wachovia Corporation (family-friendly/company culture).

Industry Leaders
Companies that shine as BEST IN INDUSTRY are:
Financial & Professional Services Wachovia Corporation
Health Care Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Information Technology IBM Corporation
Manufacturing & Retail S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Media & Advertising Discovery Communications Inc.
Pharmaceuticals & Biotech Eli Lilly and Company
Travel & Hospitality Noel Group

Family Champion

Working Mother names Pernille Spiers-Lopez, president of IKEA North America (Plymouth Meeting, PA), as this year's FAMILY CHAMPION for helping the furniture retailer's employees design a life that works. Spiers-Lopez's personal mantra helps drive her company: "Take care of your personal issues, and the work will follow." Spiers-Lopez has made a good company better by applying her personal philosophy to her corporate mission. On her watch, IKEA has instituted flextime, full benefits for part-time workers and a diversity plan, among other policies.

100 Best List Methodology

To be named to the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers list, public or private firms of any size and in any industry (except those in the business of providing work/life or child-care services) complete a comprehensive application, including questions about a company's culture, employee population and policies on work/life and women's advancement. With the help of industrial research firm eXpert Survey Systems, applications are validated and scored on more than 500 points of information, including the number of work/life programs offered, the employee usage of such programs and the representation of women throughout the company. This year, Working Mother gave particular weight to three issues: flexible scheduling, advancement of women and child-care options.

About Working Mother
Working Mother magazine, founded in 1979, reaches almost 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Its 18-year signature initiative, 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers is a benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. The magazine is part of Working Mother Media (WMM), which also owns the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), NAFE Magazine, and the annual 100 Best Companies WorkLife Conference. In 2003, WMM published its first annual list of the Best Companies for Women of Color.



2003 "100 BEST COMPANIES FOR WORKING MOTHERS"
(listed alphabetically)
*first year on the list

• ABBOTT LABORATORIES IL

• ACCENTURE* NY

• AFLAC INCORPORATED GA

• ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY IL

• AMERICA ONLINE VA

• AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY NY

• ARNOLD WORLDWIDE MA

• ASTRAZENECA DE

• AVENTIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC. NJ

• AVON PRODUCTS, INC. NY

• BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. NC

• BANK ONE CORPORATION IL

• BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSSETTS MA

• BON SECOURS RICHMOND HEALTH SYSTEM VA

• BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON VA

• BP AMERICA INCORPORATED IL

• BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY NY

• BRONSON HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC.* MI

• CALVERT GROUP, LTD. MD

• CARLSON COMPANIES MN

• CINERGY CORP. OH

• CISCO SYSTEMS, INC. CA

• CITIGROUP NY

• COLGATE-PALMOLIVE CO. NY

• COMPUTER ASSOCIATES INT'L INC. NY

• CORNING INC. NY

• CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON, LLC* NY

• CROSS COUNTRY TRAVCORPS FL

• DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION MI

• DELOITTE &Amp; TOUCHE LLP NY

• DEUTSCHE BANK NY

• DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC. MD

• DUPONT DE

• EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY NY

• ELI LILLY AND COMPANY IN

• ERNST &Amp; YOUNG NY

• FANNIE MAE DC

• FIRST NATIONAL BANK NE

• FIRST TENNESSEE NATIONAL CORPORATION TN

• FLEETBOSTON FINANCIAL MA

• FLEISHMAN-HILLARD INT'L COMMUNICATIONS MO

• FREDDIE MAC VA

• GANNETT CO. INC. VA

• GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY* CT

• GENERAL MILLS MN

• GLAXOSMITHKLINE NC/PA

• HARVARD UNIVERSITY* MA

• HOUSEHOLD INTERNATIONAL IL

• IBM CORPORATION NY

• IKEA* PA

• INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM VA

• INTEL CORPORATION CA

• JFK MEDICAL CENTER FL

• JOHN WILEY &Amp; SONS, INC.* NJ

• JOHNSON &Amp; JOHNSON NJ

• JPMORGAN CHASE NY

• KING'S DAUGHTERS MEDICAL CENTER* KY

• KPMG LLP NJ

• KRAFT FOODS INC. IL

• LASALLE BANK CORPORATION * IL

• LEGO SYSTEMS INC.* CT

• LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP PA

• LIZ CLAIBORNE, INC. NJ

• LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. NJ

• MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. MD

• MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL NY

• MBNA AMERICA BANK, N.A. DE

• METLIFE, INC. NY

• MICROSOFT CORPORATION* WA

• MITRE CORPORATION* MA/VA

• MORGAN STANLEY NY

• NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY NY

• NOEL GROUP* WI

• NORTHERN TRUST CORPORATION IL

• NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE IL

• NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORP. NJ

• PATAGONIA, INC. CA

• PEARSON EDUCATION NJ

• PITT COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL* NC

• PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP PA

• PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP NY

• PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP IA

• PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL INC. NJ

• REPUBLIC BANCORP INC. MI

• SALLIE MAE* VA

• S. C. JOHNSON &Amp; SON, INC. WI

• SCHERING-PLOUGH CORPORATION NJ

• ST. MARY'S MEDICAL CENTER* WV

• TARGET CORPORATION MN

• TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC. TX

• THOMSON WEST MN

• TIAA-CREF NY

• UBS INVESTMENT BANK* CT

• UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD CORPORATION NE

• USAA TX

• VERIZON WIRELESS NJ

• WACHOVIA CORPORATION NC

• WELLS FARGO &Amp; COMPANY CA

• WYETH NJ

• ZURICH NORTH AMERICA IL
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