Southwest Airlines earns spot on Newsweek’s Greatest Workplaces for Women

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 touches down.
Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

US carrier Southwest Airlines has earned a spot on Newsweek America’s Greatest Workplaces for Women 2023.

The Dallas-based carrier has received recognition for providing a strong and inspiring workplace for women.

“We’re committed to providing a supportive environment where women at Southwest can thrive,” said Elizabeth Bryant, Senior Vice President People, Learning, & Development at Southwest Airlines.

“In 2022, 44% of our workforce was female, and their value to the Company is immeasurable. As a Company dedicated to its People, we’re proud to advocate for all Employees.”

The Newsweek award

Newsweek teamed up with Plant-A Insights Group to conduct a large-scale employer study to collect a sample set of 37,000 women working for companies across 34 industries and over 224,000 company reviews.

They selected the top 600 companies from categories such as work-life balance, sustainability and awareness, compensation and benefits, and corporate culture among others. 

You can view the full list of honorees via this link.


Inclusive and equitable

“Our People are the Heart of Southwest, and we’ll continue to put them first by fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace,” said Juan Suarez, Vice President Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Southwest Airlines.

“Women at Southwest Airlines make incredible contributions to our great Company. Our President Emeritus, Colleen Barrett—the first woman president in the U.S. airline industry—built a Culture at Southwest that treats every Employee like Family.”

“We are thankful for this recognition from Newsweek and remain dedicated to being a great place to work for women.”

Recent Southwest initiatives

In addition to the carrier’s efforts to be a best place to work for women, Southwest continues to be proactive in inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals. The Dallas-based airline has recently involved itself in a number of initiatives to support women in aviation.

In September 2022, Southwest supported Girls in Aviation Day events through a partnership with Women in Aviation International (WAI). 

It also proudly sponsors women-focused nonprofit organizations throughout the country.

These organisations focus on important matters like women’s equality, education, leadership and career development, entrepreneurship, public leadership, and creating equitable workplace environments.

Through these investments, the airlines stated aim is “to join together with community partners to make lasting, positive impacts that benefit women and the communities where Southwest Employees and Customers live and work.”

About Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is a major airline based in the United States, and it is the world’s largest low-cost carrier. The airline was founded in 1967, and it began operating flights in 1971.

Since then, it has grown to become a significant player in the U.S. airline industry, with a strong reputation for affordable airfare, friendly service, and operational efficiency.

Southwest Airlines operates a fleet of more than 700 Boeing 737 aircraft, which fly to over 100 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The airline is known for its “point-to-point” route system, which means that it doesn’t rely on a hub-and-spoke model like many other airlines.

Instead, Southwest operates direct flights between cities, which can help reduce travel time and costs for passengers.

One of the unique aspects of Southwest Airlines is its commitment to keeping fares low. The airline has a policy of not charging customers for things like checked bags, change fees, or seat assignments, which can help travelers save money.

Additionally, Southwest is known for its flexible cancellation and rebooking policies, which can make it a popular choice for travelers who want to be able to change their plans without penalty.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
4 Min Read
You Might Also Enjoy