Women in the trenches might find the workaday landscape more navigable at Gannett Co. Inc., which Business Week magazine selected as one of six U.S. companies having the best work environments for women.

Gannett, the Arlington-based communications company that publishes USA Today, has long been aware of obstacles to women's advancement: 10 years ago it established a program to identify opportunities for women and minorities.

"We're looking for diversity across the board where women and minorities are concerned," said Jose Berrios, Gannett's director for personnel and equal employment opportunity programs. "The critical part is developing an individual once the individual gets into management, and then looking for and creating more opportunities."

Business Week's criteria included the number of women in key executive positions and on the boards of directors, efforts to help women advance and sensitivity to family issues, such as child care and parental leave. At Gannett, four women are on the board of directors and Cathleen P. Black is the publisher of USA Today.

Joining Gannett on the list to promote what Business Week called "woman-friendly cultures" were Avon Products Inc., CBS Inc., Dayton-Hudson Corp., Kelly Services Inc. and US West Inc.