Top 10 companies for women executives

EY World Entrepreneur of the Year: Women Entrepreneurs
EY World Entrepreneur of the Year: Women Entrepreneurs

Women's presence in a male-dominated workforce and professional world is one that's often at the forefront of conversation, especially recently with the celebration of International Women's Day earlier this month.

In a recent study, The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) ranked the top companies in the U.S. for women to excel and advance as professionals.

Click through to check out the top 10 companies for women below:

The companies were selected based on several factors, such as the number of women in leadership positions and the quantity and quality of executive coaching and advancement programs identifying women with potential for management roles.

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In order to be selected, a company must have a minimum of two women on the Board of Directors, must be a public or private for-profit and company, and must have a minimum of 1,000 employees.

The data, though still somewhat alarming in the sense that women are still widely underrepresented in the working world, is promising.

More than half of the companies on the 2016 NAFE Top Companies have at least four women on their board of directors. This is nearly double the amount from 2014 (which was 22 percent).

4 out of the top 10 companies on the list have women representing more than 50 percent of their total employee population. Of these four companies, three out of the four have women representing more than 40 percent of top earners in the company.

Take a look at some notable women CEOs:

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