Office Issues

If you want a job that offers generous women-friendly benefits, check out the company’s board of directors. There’s a link between the provision of such benefits and the gender makeup of the board, according to a study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Conducted from August through October among Fortune 500 corporations in the communications sector, the study found that benefits such as length of maternity leave are better when more women are on the board. This may be because companies with numerous female directors also tend to have an above-average number of women in executive posts. The strongest statistical correlation was between the presence of female executives and generous maternity benefits. The catch, predictably, is that women still constitute a small minority of corporate board members (see chart).