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Empowering Women

At Accenture, we’re committed to gender equality—we want more women in our workforce, more female role models in STEM, and more benefits for working parents. In fact, we’ve already surpassed our goal to reach 40% women new hires worldwide by 2017. And because we can't have gender equality without equal pay, Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, spoke about Accenture’s commitment to equality on Equal Pay Day:​


A woman’s ability to define and achieve her goals – and to evolve them over time – creates the opportunity to pursue and integrate career and personal interests and responsibilities. We strive to help our women access the global network to create their plans, evolve them during different life stages, have the confidence to ask for the next role and take risks along the way. As more women pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Accenture has created unique programs to support our women:

Working Mothers

For the 14th consecutive year, Working Mother magazine has included Accenture in the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers,” including us in the top 10.

Building a family requires a different approach to how a professional manages everyday life and Accenture recognizes this by providing parents with the Maternity Returners Program. This program helps ease the transition back into the workforce by providing career guidance and support for finding ideal re-entry roles.

In addition, Accenture recognizes the unique needs of professionals in the workplace by providing flexible work arrangements and a range of work/life programs that encourage balance between work and personal priorities.

Learn more about we provide a progressive workplace that supports a variety of modern lifestyles. ​

International Women's Day

Since 2001, we have observed International Women’s Day—a day when Accenture people come together to learn about the positive impact women are having on Accenture and the world. Our International Women’s Day celebrations give employees across the globe an opportunity to have conversations about how to achieve their professional and personal goals while defining success for themselves.

Our theme for 2016’s International Women’s Day, #GreaterThan, is about going beyond boundaries and expectations. It’s about raising our voices and our sights to advance the women, the ideas and the goals that will drive the next generation of leaders.

This year, we hosted live broadcasts, from our events in New York, Sydney and Dublin and you can watch them events via our virtual environment, which also offers:

  • On-demand recordings of other events hosted by our offices around the world.

  • Detailed event info—including event agendas, speaker bios and more—for the global broadcasts and the local events we hosted.

  • Our Inspiration Gallery, which provides an inside look at how women at Accenture are #GreaterThan. Everywhere. Every day.

In addition to our International Women’s Day events, each year we conduct IWD-related research, which examines how professional women and men around the world view work and opportunities. This year’s research, titled Getting to Equal, measures the extent to which digital technologies are leveling the playing field for women at work, equipping women with better skills, opening up new opportunities and enabling women to combine work and family more easily.

Training & Development

At Accenture, we recognize that the skills, capabilities and value that women bring to the table are critical to our company’s success.

To support our women’s career growth, we develop customized, innovative training that is designed to meet the specific needs of our women.

In the Developing High Performing Women course, for example, female role models help managers evaluate requirements to reach the next stage in their careers. To date, more than 1,800 women have participated in the program.

Through these offerings, we help women expand their expertise, build their confidence and provide roadmaps for successful careers and for positioning themselves in the right roles.

Accenture's annual research reveals what's important to women and their careers

Accenture has conducted a number of original research studies on topics related to women and careers. We use these findings to help Accenture women throughout the world tackle a variety of issues to succeed in the workplace.

Review our latest findings

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