Importance of BBPW Scholarships

Importance of BBPW Scholarships

Did you know that women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people? Right now the U.S. is far behind its global competitors in postsecondary attainment, ranking 11th in global postsecondary attainment and educational attainment is vital in order to continue supporting women’s economic empowerment and a more inclusive economy. In Berkshire County: Women make up 51.6% of the population Women with only a high school diploma make $24,800 compared to the $31,508 a man makes with the same education Women owned 3,877 businesses in the area compared to 7,161 owned by men (U.S. Census) Our…
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100th Anniversary of Business and Professional Women USA; July 16, 1919

100th Anniversary of Business and Professional Women USA; July 16, 1919

The legacy of Business and Professional Women USA began in 1919. While mobilizing for World War I, the U.S. Government recognized the need for a cohesive group to coordinate identification of women's available skills and experience. A Women's War Council, financed through a federal grant, was established by the War Department to organize the resources of professional women. It was guided principally by executives of the Young Women's Christian Association(YWCA). The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs was founded on July 16, 1919, at a meeting led by Lena Madesin Phillips of Kentucky. In the 1930s it became a charter member of the International Federation of…
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Letter from Claire Richards, BBPW President, 2016 – 2019

Letter from Claire Richards, BBPW President, 2016 – 2019

Welcome to Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s group or Berkshire BPW.  My name is Claire Richards and I am the current President of Berkshire BPW. We have been having a fabulous year with interesting and fun programming. What is Berkshire BPW?  We are a group of women wanting to help each other and make a difference in our community.  Our members are working women seeking to advance their career goals, earn higher salaries, build stronger businesses, achieve pay equity and equal opportunities, and establish rewarding careers.  Berkshire BPW brings many rewards but the most lasting and meaningful are the lifelong…
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