Top 10 companies for women executives

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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:

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L'Oreal USA

Percentage of women employees: 65%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 34%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 49%

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FleishmanHillard 

Percentage of women employees: 65%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 47%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 43%

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MassMutual Financial Group

Percentage of women employees: 56%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 40%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 34%

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Marriott Int'l

Percentage of women employees: 54%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 35%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 47%

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Abbott

Percentage of women employees: 46%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 26%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 34%

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Ernst & Young

Percentage of women employees: 45%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 32%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 27%

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KPMG

Percentage of women employees: 45%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 19%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 20%

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Procter & Gamble

Percentage of women employees: 40%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 36%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 33%

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IBM

Percentage of women employees: 30%
Percentage of women corporate executives: 28%
Percentage of women in top 10 percent of earners: 21%

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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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Carol Meyrowitz

TJX Companies 

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Ursula M. Burns

Xerox

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Beth Mooney, chief executive officer of KeyCorp, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. KeyCorp, which has 1,059 branches, is targeting $150 million to $200 million of expense reductions by December 2013, the Cleveland-based lender said in a statement. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Lynn Good, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy Corp., listens during an interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Duke is moving to a lower carbon future regardless of who is in the White House, Good said. Photographer: Cassi Alexandra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Debra Cafaro, chairman, chief executive officer of Ventas Inc., speaks during an interview in Chicago, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. Ventas, the second-biggest U.S. health-care real estate investment trust by market value, agreed to buy Nationwide Health Properties Inc. for about $5.7 billion. Cafaro will lead the combined company. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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