Mary Busby


WICT Announces 2009 Best Companies for Women in Cable

-Cox and Discovery Receive Top Honors-



Chantilly, VA - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) announced today the results of the 2009 WICT PAR Initiative. Conducted in collaboration with Working Mother Media, PAR examines and ranks participating companies in the cable telecommunications industry according to three criteria: Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities and Resources for Work/Life Support. 2009 marks the seventh year of the PAR Initiative.

Each year, one distinguished Operator and Programmer are recognized as highest achievers among the Best Companies for Women in Cable with WICT’s Forerunner Accolade. For the seventh consecutive year, Cox Communications is the recipient of the Best Operator Accolade and Discovery Communications receives the Accolade for Best Programmer. 

“This year, WICT’s PAR Initiative identifies impressive gains for women in several categories and the industry continues to raise the bar on equitable pay standards,” said Parthavi Das, WICT Senior Vice President of Strategy & Initiatives. “Additionally, women are approaching parity with their male colleagues in Business to Business Operations, and although there is still work to be done, WICT is proud to document these advances.”
The 2009 Best Operators for Women in Cable are Cox Communications, Inc. (Forerunner Accolade), Time Warner Cable, Comcast Cable, Bright House Networks and Suddenlink Communications.

The 2009 Best Programmers for Women in Cable are Discovery Communications (Forerunner Accolade), Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., NBC Universal, Scripps Networks and Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC.

The 2009 Best Companies for Women in Cable for Pay Equity are Scripps Networks, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Discovery Communications, Cox Communications, Inc. and ESPN.

The 2009 Best Companies for Women in Cable for Advancement Opportunities are Scripps Networks, Cox Communications, Inc., Comcast Cable, Bright House Networks and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

The 2009 Best Companies for Women in Cable for Resources for Work/Life Support are Cox Communications, Inc., Discovery Communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., NBC Universal and Time Warner Cable.

Stated Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT, “On behalf of all WICT’s stakeholders, we want to thank those companies that participated in this year’s PAR Initiative. The information provided within the report is crucial in helping us monitor and improve progress where gender diversity is concerned.”

Key findings from the 2009 PAR Initiative are attached.  The complete 2009 PAR Initiative Executive Report can be found at

About WICT’s PAR Initiative
Since 2003, WICT’s PAR Initiative has measured the status of women employees in the cable industry based on three criteria: Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities and Resources for Work/Life Support. WICT’s initiative collects data on an annual basis through an official survey of detailed questions. After this rigorous process, all participating companies receive their organization’s results, a confidential scorecard that measures their current state against past performance and the industry overall and a private assessment and consultation with WICT’s independent research partner, Working Mother Media.

About Working Mother Media
Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation, is a multimedia marketing company that provides strategies and solutions for millions of consumers, specifically working mothers and female business owners, as well as a corporate audience of CEO s, top executive decision makers and human resources professionals. Working Mother Media offers a full complement of marketing partnership programs, including print, custom publishing, broadcast, and online media; national, regional and customized conferences and events; a research division; and a membership association for women in business for our corporate partners to forward their messages to their specific target audiences.

Working Mother Media includes: Working Mother and NAFE magazines, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and a Conferences and Events Division that produces the Working Mother 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress, the Working Mother Best Companies for Women of Color Conference, and town hall meetings around the country.

About WICT
For thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide leadership programs and services, and create professional advancement opportunities for women. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast, Rainbow, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s 2009 Strategic Partners. Please visit for more information.  

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