To elevate the standards for women in business and professions.
To promote the interests of business and professional women.
To bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States.
To extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities.
Our Mission: To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.
Our Goal: To be the leading nonpartisan, grassroots advocate for working women.
BPW | Building Powerful Women
Founded in 1919, BPW has a long track record of promoting equity for women in the workplace. Whether you are a business owner or an employee, BPW provides leadership through advocacy, education, and information within our communities, states, and the nation on issues important to all working women. Through BPW, you can connect with mentors, colleagues, and friends who can assist you in advancing your career and making the right connections. You can also thrive professionally through exclusive membership development programs.
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. The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs was founded on July 15, 1919.
Throughout the years, three major issues shaped BPW's legislative agenda: elimination of sex discrimination in employment, the principle of equal pay, and the need for a comprehensive equal rights amendment.
The Florida Federation of Business & Professional Women chartered in 1919 and is governed by Federation Bylaws and our Florida Handbook (available in the Members' Area). In addition, the BPW Standing Rules of Order are approved by members in attendance at statewide meetings. Standing Rules of Order are established for the purpose of keeping order and getting through a meeting on time and staying on task with the agenda. They also protect the voices of all by ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard.
BPW/FL standing committees are where the action is in BPW/FL. Standing committees are the link between state programs and local programs.
To find the local organization near you, click here. If there is no local organization in your area, we welcome you to become a member-at-large (click for more information.)
Welcome to Business & Professional Women/FL! Founded in 1919, BPW has a long track record of promoting equity for women in the workplace. Whether you are a business owner or an employee, BPW provides leadership through advocacy, education, and information within our communities, states, and the nation on issues important to all working women. Through BPW, you connect with mentors, colleagues, and friends who assist you in advancing your career and making the right connections. You also thrive professionally through exclusive membership development programs.
- Political awareness and community involvement - Participate in a wide range of activities and grassroots efforts to raise awareness of issues affecting working women at local, state, and national levels.
- Personal and professional development - Attend workshops and programs designed to enhance professional skills and leadership abilities, such as Individual Development, Women in Transition, Young Careerist, and the BPW/FL Leadership Institute.
- Scholarships - Assist women through scholarships to further formal education and through BPW/FL's Education Foundation, which provides housing on university campuses in Florida.
- Members-only benefits - Enjoy access to discount advertising and programs.
- A network of motivated women - Connect with other motivated working women, network professionally, share contacts, and exchange information to enhance your business through local programs, as well as within the state of Florida and nationally.