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9 Dallas-area companies rate among best employers for women

9 Dallas-area companies rate among best employers for women

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Mary Kay is among Dallas' best employers for women. Photo courtesy of Mary Kay

Between national headlines that illustrate the need for a #metoo movement, along with a recent U.S. Census Bureau report that female employees only earn 80.5 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts, it’s apparent that women still face disparities in the workplace.

However, a new survey by Forbes reveals that many Texas companies are tops for women workers. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista for their first-ever ranking of America’s 300 best employers for women.

Nine Dallas-Fort Worth companies made the cut, though none landed especially high on the list. Just one employer, Frisco Independent School District No. 64), appears in the top 100. Pink Cadillac-driving Mary Kay pulls into a spot at No. 217. Rounding out the DFW entries is giant AT&T, which comes in near the bottom of the top-300 list, at No. 281.

The North Texas employers on the list are: 

  • Frisco Independent School District, Frisco, No. 64
  • University of North Texas, Denton, No. 104
  • Southwest Airlines, Dallas, No. 167
  • Mary Kay, Addison, No. 217
  • Half Price Books, Dallas, No. 221
  • Toyota USA, Dallas, No. 222
  • Kimberly-Clark, Irving, No. 229
  • Tyler Technologies, Plano, No. 247
  • AT&T, Dallas, No. 281

To determine the rankings, Statista anonymously surveyed 40,000 Americans — including 25,000 women — working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Criteria included diversity, working conditions, job potential, gender gaps, and how likely women would recommend their employer to others. 

Two Texas organizations ended in the top 20. Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston comes in at No. 11; Austin’s Keller Williams comes in at No. 6. 

The report lists individual scores of the top 10 companies; Keller Williams scores an 85.8. Nationally, The Principal Financial Group (No. 1) scored a 91.4, Penn Medicine (No. 2) scored an 89.1, and Hallmark (No. 3) scored an 89.0.

For those keeping score (or potentially looking for employment), here are the other Texas companies that made the list for empowering women in the workplace.

  • Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land, No. 57
  • United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, No. 62
  • Royal Dutch Shell, Houston, No. 75
  • Whole Foods Market, Austin, No. 93
  • Chuy’s, Austin, No. 188
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, No. 203
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical, The Woodlands, No. 210
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors, Katy, No. 215
  • Schlumberger, Sugar Land, No. 235
  • H-E-B Grocery Stores, San Antonio, No. 264