Business and Professional Women/USA
2012 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
National Federation of Business and Professional Women/USA
Business and Professional Women/USA (BPW/USA), founded in 1919, is one of the oldest,
largest organizations for working women. 70,000 members strong, BPW/USA has a presence
in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and
To be the leading advocate for women.
- To elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions.
- To promote the interests of business and professional women.
- To bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the
- To extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines
of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities.
BPW/USA monitors federal legislation that affects working women and educates its
members to become involved in public policy development in their own workplaces, and
at local, state,and federal government levels. BPW/USA has been a leader in passing much
of the nation's landmark civil and women's rights legislation including:
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
Violence Against Women Act of 1994
Equal Pay Act of 1963
The Women's Business Ownership Act
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
BPW Legislative Hotline- Call (202) 833-5524 for updates on current Congressional action on BPW priority issues.
- July 1998 National Conference - Orlando Florida
- BPW/USA sponsors National Business Women's Week every year during the third full week of October.
- BPW/USA convenes on its legislative conference (Policy in Action Conference) every year in February in Washington,D.C.
- International Week , the third full week in February is a time when members of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women celebrate their unity and common purpose.
- Woman of the Year
- Young Careerist
- Individual Development Program series
Business and Professional Women's Foundation
Founded in 1956, BPW's Foundation collects, conducts and analyzes research on issues
affecting women in the workplace while providing financial assistance for women to further
their education. The BPW Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in educational
grants and loans to 8,000 women who need additional skills to advance in their careers or
re-enter the work force.
Research papers include:
- Making Workplaces Work: Quality Work Policies for Small Business
- Working Women and the Glass Ceiling
- A Crime of Power: Not Passion: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
- Retirement Income: Financing Your Future
- Reproductive Rights: A Political, Professional and Personal Issue
BPW Foundation's library, the Marguerite Rawalt Resource Center, is widely recognized as
one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections dedicated to working women's
issues, serves as an information clearinghouse for members and over 200 other libraries
across the country. Two of the main issues that the MRRC specializes in are starting your
own business and women's access to credit. For information, call the center at
National Business Woman is the official publication of the National Federation. It is published four times a year.
Work and Home Services
For more information, call BPW/USA Member Services at (202) 293-1100,ext.124.
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