FAQs About American Business Women's Day

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Every year on September 22, the United States celebrates American Business Women's Day. The first annual event was held on September 22, 1982, and was officially recognized by congressional proclamation in 1983 and again in 1986.

American Business Women's Day is a day set aside to honor and reflect upon the contributions and accomplishments of the millions of U.S. women in the workforce, and women business owners. There is no counterpart day of celebration to specifically honor American businessmen which some argue is unfair to men. However, the day was not created to disregard the accomplishments of men, but simply to bring to light those made by women both known and not well known, who often do not get credit in day-to-day life for their contributions and accomplishments.

Who Started American Business Women's Day?

The organization responsible for starting this national day of recognition for business women is the American Business Women's Association, a professional network for women in business and women business owners.

Who Is The American Business Women's Association?

The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) was founded on September 22, 1949 "to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition."

Today, the ABWA offers a wide variety of membership based resources and networking opportunities for business women, female entrepreneurs, and for women who work from home.

The ABWA offers local chapters ins some areas of the U.S., but local membership is not required to become a member of the ABWA.

Members can take advantage of ABWA's online training programs and earn business certificates. The ABWA celebrates women on National American Business Women's Day, as well as through awards and other forms of recognition.

To learn more about the ABWA, visit their website: www.abwa.org

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