American Business Women’s Day 2021 is on Wednesday, September 22. Women have steadily been playing larger roles in business since the 1940s, but it is more present today than ever. The purpose of American Business Women’s Day is to honor the role that women have in the work world. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the strides that have been made in women seeking equality with men in the workforce.
The American Business Women’s Association is responsible for establishing this day of recognition. Hilary Blufton of Kansas City along with three Kansas City businesswomen established the association on September 22, 1949. Women gained a great deal of knowledge during World War II by necessity and an organization was needed for them to continue to succeed. The first official Business Women’s Day was celebrated in 1983 after a joint Congressional resolution had been passed.
Celebrate Business Women’s Day this year by connecting with women in your industry or through networking events with other companies and businesses in your area. Join a women’s group such as the American Business Women’s Association. Check here to see about joining an American Business Women’s Association chapter in your area or opening one if there isn’t one available near you. There are also events hosted around the country throughout the year to help women feel empowered and encouraged in their business endeavors.
If you are a business woman, consider mentoring an aspiring young business woman in your life. Your journey may inspire and motivate her to make an impact on the workforce and continue the work of the women before her.
Men can also celebrate Business Women’s Day by encouraging and supporting the women around them to succeed in their workplace. If you are a male in a hiring position, actively seek more female candidates for job openings and promotions to make them feel seen and valued. You can also purchase from female-owned small businesses.
Women have made a great deal of progress in the workplace, but there is still a long way to go until true equality is reached. Take this day to recognize the hard working business women you know and make them feel appreciated for their contribution to their workplace and to society.