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Stanford named one of top 100 companies for working mothers

STANFORD -- Stanford University has become the first educational institution to earn a spot on Working Mother magazine's list of 100 best companies for working mothers.

The list, which was announced on Sept. 17 at a press conference in New York, highlights innovative firms that help employees balance work and family life.

"I couldn't be more pleased," said Barbara Butterfield, vice president for faculty and staff services. About 400 companies, six of which were universities, entered the competition.

Five factors were taken into account in selecting the top companies: salary; opportunities for advancement; support for child care; flexible work schedules; and "family-friendly" benefits.

"Most impressive [about Stanford] this year was the establishment of a WorkLife Center," Working Mother stated in its October issue. In addition, the magazine noted, Stanford has a high percentage of women in leadership positions, flexible work programs, scholarships for employees' children, and several on-site child care centers and after-school and summer programs.



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