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National Business Women’s Week

National Business Women’s Week was first observed April 15 – 22, 1928. Lena Madesin Phillips, the president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club, nationally broadcasted a speech declaring NBWW to “focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world”.   She acknowledged the challenges that faced American’s working women. The idea of a National Business Women’s Weeks is attributed to Emma Dot Partridge who was the Executive Secretary for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club from 1924 – 1927.

Since 1938, National Business Women’s Week has officially been celebrated the third full week in October of each year. We continue to recognize women in the United States who have been successful working women. It wasn’t until 16974 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 made the requirement of a male signiature illegal, it created the National Women’s Business Council, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership and inspired the development of Women’s Business Centers around the country. BPW Foundation supporters were on the front line in the fight for better conditions and helped open doors for working women.

President Herbert Hoover was the first president to issue a letter recognizing NBWW and the contributions and achievements of working women. And every president since President Hoover has also issued a message during NBWW celebrating the important contributions made by working women to our economy.

NBWW encourages us to call attention to women entrepreneurs, opportunities for 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.

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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Berea BPW Networking Event

On Sunday, August 21 Berea BPW hosted a networking painting event.  The Event was held at the Carolyn L. Farrell Art Studio, in Westlake, Ohio.  At this event we had an even number of members and guest as we painted a summer sunset.  Everyone had a great time, The...

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Berea BPW

Berea has been busy this summer planning events for the upcoming federation year.  We have some great speakers and outing planned in the next few months.   On July 31, Berea held their Summer Family Picnic.  Fun was had by all as we learned about the Hawaiian culture...

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