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Companies recognized for efforts for women

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women named 10 companies Thursday as the state's top employers for women.

The companies were chosen from 50 responses the commission received from a survey sent to the state's 300 largest private sector companies.

The Miami Herald Publishing Co. received top honors for its support of women in the workplace, including programs to help them balance work and family responsibilities.

The other nine companies are: the University of Central Florida of Orlando, Baptist Hospital of Miami, Miami Children's Hospital, TECO Energy of Tampa, Knight-Ridder Inc. of Miami, Valencia Community College of Orlando, Sand Lake Hospital of Orlando, Harcourt Brace & Co. of Orlando and the West Boca Medical Center of Boca Raton.

Publix Super Markets Inc. of Lakeland also received recognition for making progress in improving the status of women employees.

Two companies received honorable mention: the St. Petersburg Times for its work/family programs and American Bankers Insurance Group of Miami for assisting workers and their families after Hurricane Andrew.

This is the first time the commission has done the survey, which asked questions about child care, flex time, maternity leave and record on promoting women.

The commission is a 22-member appointed board that studies issues affecting women in Florida and makes recommendations to the governor, Cabinet and Legislature.