Monroe-West Monroe

Business & Professional Women

Advocacy and Legislation - The Heart of BPW

BPW Foundation's legislative priorities fall under four major categories-- pay equity, work-life balance, women veterans, and retirement security.  For more information about individual bills in each of these focus areas, go to Public Policy and Advocacy on the BPW Foundation website.

Since the inception of Business & Professional Women USA in 1919, legislative issues have been the center of the mission for the organization.  Some of the many bills passed that were lobbied for by BPW include: 

  • Women's Right to Vote Act - 1920
  • Equal Pay Act - 1961
  • Title IX banning sex discrimination in schools - 1972
  • Family Medical Leave Act - 1993
  • Violence Against Women Act - 1994
  • The Debbie Smith Act to provide funding for improved DNA evidence - 2004
  • Johanna's Law authorizing nation gynecologic cancer early detection campaign - 2005
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2009)

Many other bills are currently being discussed, lobbied for, and voted on for the betterment of the women of our country.  You, as a member of BPW, have a voice in Congress on the issues that affect all women everywhere.

For more information on national and state advocacy efforts, and for information on how to contact your national and state legislators, go to the state website click here.

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