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Edge Named One of 25 Best Small Companies by Working Mother Magazine

Posted on March 23, 2007 by Women Thrive

The Women’s Edge Coalition has been named one of ‘25 Best Small Companies’ for 2007 by Working Mother magazine.  The Working Mother Best Small Companies initiative honors organizations with between five and 100 employees that are using innovative combinations of traditional and creative benefits to improve work-life balance.

March 14, 2007  

WASHINGTON, DC – The Women’s Edge Coalition (Edge) has been named one of ‘25 Working Mother Best Small Companies’ for 2007 by Working Mother magazine.  Launched in 2006, the Working Mother Best Small Companies initiative honors organizations with between five and 100 employees that are using innovative combinations of traditional and creative benefits to improve work-life balance. Edge is one of two Washington metro-area organizations on the 2007 list.

“It is deeply gratifying to be given this honor,” said Ritu Sharma Fox, Co-Founder and President of Edge.  “Since the focus of our work is on improving the lives of women in poverty worldwide, it was extremely important to me to live these values and build an organization that makes it possible to both work and have a healthy personal life.”

The specific Edge policies that were commended include flextime, telecommuting and generous maternity leave benefits, among others.  Edge was also cited for its annual ‘Edgy Award’, given to an employee who best symbolizes the organization’s commitment to its mission, exceptional work productivity and work-life balance. Apart from a place on the list, Edge has also been featured in ‘Perks that Work’, a special section that highlights five organizations with the most creative workplace benefits.

“The Women’s Edge Coalition is exceptional for its commitment to working mothers, and Working Mother commends it for providing a model to small businesses across the country,” said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media.  “The common misconception is that small companies can’t afford to provide generous employee benefits, but these innovators are proving that working mom-friendly policies and success go hand in hand.”
 
Profiled in the April issue of Working Mother magazine which reaches over three million readers, the 25 organizations were selected from over 250 entries, and evaluated on their work-life benefits, entrepreneurial spirit and programs to help women advance. They will join an elite list of organizations which the magazine says are ‘changing the way America does business’, and will be permanently archived on the magazine’s website at www.workingmother.com.

Update: The Women’s Edge Coalition is now called Women Thrive Worldwide, but is still the leading nonpartisan organization shaping U.S. policy to benefit poor women worldwide.  For more information visit www.womenthrive.org.