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9 Ways Johnson & Johnson Has Supported Women Since 1886

Originally published at jnj.com. Johnson & Johnson is a Hall of Fame company.

 

1908. That’s the year Johnson & Johnson hired its first female scientist — no small feat during an era in which fewer than 3% of women attended college.

Then again, this is hardly surprising for a company whose first 14 employees included eight women — and whose workforce today is nearly 50% female. In fact, Johnson & Johnson’s diversity and inclusion programs led to its placement in DiversityInc’s Hall of Fame in 2021.

In honor of International Women’s Day, take a look at a few important ways Johnson & Johnson has worked to advance and celebrate women both inside and outside the company for over a century.

Elevating Female Employees

  • 8 of Johnson & Johnson’s 14 founding employees were women
  • 53% of new hires in 2020 were women
  • 46% of management positions around the world at Johnson & Johnson are held by women

Encouraging the Next Generation of Women in Science

  • 24 women were sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program, which aims to fuel the development of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D)
  • 6 million girls ages 5 to 18 have been reached worldwide by WiSTEM2D through programs and partnerships with nonprofits, including the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Girl Scouts of the USA

Improving Women’s Health Around the World

  • Over 1,000 women will be enrolled in studies of how two Johnson & Johnson-supported tech platforms might help reduce Black maternal mortality in the U.S., where Black women are 3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women
  • Over 4 million mothers reached by MomConnect, a flagship program of the South African National Department of Health supported by Johnson & Johnson, with vital information on health, nutrition and postnatal care

Championing Women in the Workforce

  • Over 100 people have been hired by Johnson & Johnson globally through its Re-Ignite program, which provides paid opportunities for people ready to return to work after a career break of two years or longer. The program started in 2017 to bring women in STEM back to the workforce, and women make up a large portion of the program, which is now gender-inclusive
  • Johnson & Johnson spends a minimum of $1 billion annually with certified women-, disability-, LGBT-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses

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