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UW Medicine ranks No. 14 in the nation as a 2023 Best Employer for Women by Forbes. In addition to our high ranking, Forbes highlights UW Medicine’s success in promoting women to top leadership positions across the organization and in providing other benefits such as childcare and eldercare services at a reduced cost.

“UW Medicine has always offered me the opportunity for advancement — as a woman,” Cindy Hecker, CEO of UW Medical Center, told Forbes. “I never felt intimidated to explore an opportunity that helped me progress throughout my career to the position I’m in today.”

Forbes also cites our efforts to close the gender pay gap through regular salary reviews and equity increases. “We have done pay equity analyses for jobs as long as I’ve been here, which is 16 and a half years,” said Nicki McCraw, assistant vice president of human resources at UW Medicine.

More on the ranking

Forbes’ ranking of America’s Best Employers for Women is released annually. From a sample of more than 60,000 U.S. employees, companies with at least 1,000 employees were ranked by an independent survey. The sample included more than 40,000 women.

Women were asked to rate their employer based on factors such as working environment, pay equity and salary, parental-leave policies, employee diversity, leadership training programs for women, representation of women in upper management, and employer response to incidents of discrimination. Plus, research was conducted into each company’s presence of women in executive management or board positions.

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See also our previous Huddle stories: The Women Leading UW Medicine’s Hospitals and Women Share Their Experiences in Male-Dominated Fields.