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, BPWprovides 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. 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.
Tampa Bay BPW
Originally the Westshore Midday Business and Professional Women's Club of Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay BPW was formed in May of 1992 as an affiliate of BPW/Florida.