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BPW Foundation Salutes Five Outstanding Working Women Leaders- Awards Are Part of National Business Women’s Week Celebration

Posted by Crystal Williams on October 20, 2014

During National Business Women’s Week 2014, Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation honors and salutes extraordinary women who epitomize what it means to be a woman leader in the workplace. This year, BPW Foundation has selected five outstanding women who are truly Working Women Helping Women Work®. The awardees are: Dixie L. Arthur, Meredith K. Rollins, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, and Dr. Scena B. Webb.

October 20 – 24, 2014 marks the 86th anniversary of National Business Women’s Week (NBWW), a national BPW Foundation signature event that recognizes the achievements of working women throughout history. This year, President Obama, as every President since Herbert Hoover has also done, issued a message during NBWW celebrating the important contributions made by working women to our economy and country. He noted that women are “creating products services that enrich our lives and strengthen our communities.” READ MORE

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Women of the U.S. Senate Honored During National Business Women’s Week

Posted by sherrysaunders on October 22, 2013

BPW Foundation Salutes Senate Women’s Leadership in Reopening the Government

BPWFoundationlogocolorDuring National Business Women’s Week 2013, Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation honors and salutes the Women of the United States Senate for their leadership and for displaying the fortitude to pave the way to a sensible compromise that reopened the government and allowed it to pay its bills. Having female leadership in Congress has proven, once again, to be a critical asset in shaping and negotiating key legislation.

October 21-25, 2013 marks the 85th anniversary of National Business Women’s Week (NBWW), a national BPW Foundation signature event that recognizes the achievements of working women throughout history. Traditionally during NBWW, BPW Foundation singles out extraordinary women who epitomize what it means to be a woman leader in the workplace. This year all of the U.S. Women Senators have earned this honor by demonstrating the importance of working together and being willing to reach across the aisle and do the hard work necessary to craft a compromise.

In a letter sent to each woman U.S. Senator, Roslyn Ridgeway, BPW Foundation Chair thanked them for their “stalwart leadership in working toward the deal that ended the government shutdown and avoided a possible default. You and your fellow female Senators played an instrumental role in coming up with a bipartisan framework that broke through the political gridlock of the last few weeks.”

Ridgeway said, “It is particularly fitting that our Women in the Senate led the way during the month BPW Foundation celebrates National Business Women’s Week. Their leadership both demonstrates and validates NBWW, which calls attention to local women entrepreneurs, facilitates discussions on the needs of working women and their families, shares information about successful workplace policies, and raises awareness of resources available for women in their communities.”

NBWW is celebrated by BPW organizations and their local communities across the country and this year they will be highlighting the work of the Women of the U.S. Senate as they hold their various town halls, lunches, briefings and conferences.

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National Business Women’s Week: As Relevant as Ever

Posted by YWM on October 17, 2011

This week, October 17 – 21 is Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW), which honors working women and employers who support working women and their families. Established in 1928, NBWW encourages us to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities.

When Lena Madesin Phillips, President of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, first declared National Business Women’s Week® “to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world,” she acknowledged the challenges that faced America’s working women. She would be gratified to see that today there are 7.2 million majority-owned, privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States today that employ 7.3 million people and generate $1.1 trillion in sales.

This progress is particularly impressive considering it wasn’t until 1974 that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act guaranteed women access to credit cards and loans. Before this, single women were routinely denied credit, and married women had to take out loans under their husbands’ names. The Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 not only forged the way for women’s economic independence by making the requirement of a male signature illegal, it created the National Women’s Business Council, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership and planted the seeds for the network of Women’s Business Centers around the country. BPW Foundation supporters were on the front line in the fights to better conditions and open doors for working women.

America’s businesswomen have made remarkable strides in less than half an average woman’s lifetime. But there remains an untenable disparity in economic success between the sexes. To close that gap we must continue to advocate for a level playing field where women are paid fairly for the work they do. We must also equip women with mentoring, education, and training to compete and achieve in the workplace. Armed with the skills to succeed, there is no question that women can make up for lost time!

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