This year's list of the 100 best companies for working mothers, published by Working Mother magazine, included several companies with ties to the mutual fund industry, but only one stand-alone mutual fund firm. For the seventh time, Calvert Group of Bethesda, MD., made the list.

Among the top five firms honored this year for their innovative programs and benefits were Bank of America of Charlotte, N.C., CIGNA Corp. of Philadelphia, Deutsche Bank of New York, Lincoln Financial Group of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Prudential Securities of Newark, N.J. But several other financial services providers also won kudos for making the grade including American Express of New York, Aetna of Hartford, Conn., Allstate Insurance Co. of Northbrook, Ill., the American Association of Retired Persons of Washington, D.C., Arthur Andersen of Chicago, Ill., Bank One of Chicago, Chase Manhattan Bank of New York, Deloitte & Touche of Wilton, Conn., Ernst & Young of New York, First Union Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., Merrill Lynch of New York, MetLife of New York, PricewaterhouseCoopers of New York, Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn. and Security Benefit Group of Topeka, Kan.

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