Our Mission: To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.

2017–18 BPW/OH Executive Committee


One hundred and sixty-nine years ago July 19th, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton spearheaded the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

More than 300 men and women gathered over the course of two days, protesting the mistreatment of women in society and calling for equal treatment under the law.

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed 72 years later, guaranteeing a woman’s right to vote. And while women have come a long way since the Seneca Falls Convention, our struggle for equal rights continues.

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day AND it is also designated worldwide as BPW Day.   BUT …. what does Women’s Equality Day mean when we are really not equal?  Women’s Equality Day (i.e. the day the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote) is Saturday, August 26th. Women have waited over 200 years for equal rights in the United States!

Since 1920 BPW has been a leader in Equal Rights and in 1973-74 raised $250,000 as a campaign coffer for the ERA.

Check out this website for current information on the status of the ERA http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/congress.htm

Visit this website  https://equalmeansequal.org/  Equal Means Equal is led by Kamala Lopez the film maker who is passionately mobilizing women across this country to get ERA done!   Her award winning documentary Film “Equal Means Equal” will be seen throughout Women’s Equality week with screenings across the country.   Also visit http://equalmeansequal.com/

Part of this information provided by NFBPWC, INC and the websites provided.

About BPW/Ohio

The Business & Professional Women of Ohio was established in 1920 and was part of the Business & Professional Women/USA. BPW has a proud history of working for women’s rights and issues. Over the years BPW has worked for the women’s right to vote, allowing women to serve on juries, pay equity, health issues, discrimination in the job market, etc. We are now a legacy partner of the BPW/Foundation based in Washington DC and continue to promote the legacy programs of BPW i.e. Young Careerist, Individual Development and National Business Women’s Week® Our locals work to better the lives of women by offering scholarships, donate to domestic violence shelters, food banks, rape crisis centers and the America Legion Buckeye Girls State. BPW is an organization dedicated to women helping women.

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