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BPW History Film

A historical documentary film

Business and Professional Women – A History, A Movement™

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BPW historical film

Ashley Maria collaborated with fellow BPW member, Lea-Ann W. Berst, to produce and direct a story about the Business and Professional Women (BPW) organization. Together they researched and produced this short documentary (22 min); telling the progressive history of BPW and how BPW programs have positively impacted the lives of working women – yesterday, today and well into the future.

We at BPW have a goal to motivate and educate; promoting the welfare of all women in the workplace. This film is inspiring – and a must-see for women of all ages to experience!
— Mimi Zelman, BPW/NC President


pislogoweb-564x165A feature documentary about advancing the next generation of working women, Pioneers in Skirts™ uses donations from BPW clubs around the world to help fund the making of Pioneers in Skirts.

Impact a future generation of women who want successful careers by making a minimum donation of $65! Clubs who screen BPW: A History A Movement do so for their conventions, special events and new member orientations; demonstrating how this legacy group has changed the world for all working women. Learn more by clicking here!

TeaTimeChatBPW’s history and beyond

BPW was founded in 1919 with a mission to advocate for and promote the professional and personal growth of women in the workplace.

An American historical film, BPWs around the globe screen this film at their conferences, events, new member orientations, etc. The film features longtime BPW members who sat down for a “tea-time circle” chat about the struggles and triumphs of the organization.

You’ll see historical images dating back to 1917, and learn about the traditions of the Business and Professional Women’s organization, the oldest working women’s advocacy group in the world.

Featured in the BPW historical film:

– The reason why women were organized in 1917, and how they joined together to form “BPW” in 1919
– When the Nike and the Red Purse became symbols for the Business and Professional Women’s Organization
– A discussion between longtime American members, highlighting the need for continued advocacy globally
– The battle for the Equal Rights Amendment to become law
– The benefits of BPW membership
– The future for BPW – an appreciation for what has been done, and looking ahead
– The Collect, the BPW Emblem Benediction song (to the tune of Blest Be the Tie that Binds)

Screening At IMAX

Why do BPW’s around the world screen the film?

Directed, produced and narrated by a young BPW member, BPW’s all over the world show the film to not only educate and inspire, but also to lead a positive discussion about working women, what it takes to empower them to fully realize their potential in their careers, and achieve equity in the workplace. —more about why and how to screen the film

BPW international logoNot in this film: the story the BPW International organization

In 1928 and 1929, the BPW/USA Goodwill Tours of Europe initiated the founding of what’s now called BPW International. BPW/USA President Dr. Lena Madison Phillips led the effort to found the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) in Geneva, Switzerland on August 26, 1930. The founding member countries were Austria, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy and the United States of America. Dr. Phillips was elected as the first IFBPW President and served until 1947.

Today, BPW International has become one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 95 countries in five continents.