No doubt the recession has been particularly brutal
to men. As the Wall Street Journal reports
, the last year and a half
oversaw an 8.2% decline in male employment, compared to a 3.9% decline
for women. But while women make up an increasing share of the
workforce, some companies remain less-than-congenial environments, employing few women at the top. Which companies are the worst? Douglas McIntyre
explores this question in his ranking of the "10 Worst Places For Women to Work" at 24/7 Wall St. He creates a simple rule:
company on the list would have to: 1) completely lack sensitivity to
the issues of women in the work place, or 2) have enough misgivings
about women to insure that all the people who have any meaningful place
in running their companies have to be men. It is hard to say whether
these companies are "female-free" at the top tiers because of misogyny
McIntyre argues that it's fair to assume
that a company without any high-ranking women is probably also
indifferent to disparities in pay. He delivers brusque chops to each of
his top offenders--tobacco giant Philip Morris, holding company Icahn
Enterprises, and Virgin Media. His take on Philip Morris:
No wonder they call him the Marlboro Man. Nine board members, zero women.
See the full list here
. Are these companies really the worst?
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