This collection includes the business papers, correspondence, minutes, scrapbooks and artifacts of the Santa Cruz BPW.
In every decade since its founding, the Business & Professional Women/USA has been actively involved in key issues that affect
women, starting with helping women gain the right to vote in 1920. The organization then continued to grow by opposing laws
that denied jobs to married women in the '30s, supporting women in the Armed Forces in the '40s, working for civil rights
in the '50s and '60s, and influencing landmark legislation (including Title IX) in the '70s, Retirement Equity in the '80s,
and Family Medical Leave in the '90s. Today the BPW/USA is in a position to lead a public policy charge to achieve workplace
equity and work-life balance, while promoting equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.
With its 30,000 members in 1600 local organizations represented in every congressional district in the country, BPW/USA is
the leading advocate on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. Local BPW organizations provide members with professinal
development programs, networking, participation in grassroots activism, and opportunities to support scholarships for disadvantaged
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their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.