From its earliest years, Johnson & Johnson proudly hired women at a time when many businesses would not. When the company was founded in 1886, the startup consisted of just 14 employees—and eight of them were women. As it grew, so did the number of its women employees. By the early 1900s, the company had hired hundreds of women workers, some even taking on leadership positions. And, beyond simply employing women, Johnson & Johnson consciously created social opportunities for them—offering classes, events, and community service activities. These efforts were first formally organized with the establishment of the Laurel Club, which solidified the company’s commitment to its women employees and fostering their professional growth.