American Business Women’s Day, September 22 – yearly

 
Celebrate American Business Women’s Day– September 22! (every year)

American Business Women’s Day recognizes the value and contribution of women in the business world.

The roots of this special day go back to the late 1940s. While men were off fighting World War II, women filled the void in the workforce. The returning soldiers found the women eager to have their men return. But, many women were not anxious to return to traditional roles in the home. Since this time, women’s role and contributions in the workforce have grown and evolved.

Origin of Business Women’s Day:

Hilary A. Bufton Jr. and three Kansas City business women founded the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) on September 22, 1949.  The first American Business Women’s Day was celebrated in 1982. From www.holidayinsights.com, 9/21/07

Joint congressional resolutions passed in 1983 and 1986, designating a national observance of September 22 as American Business Women’s Day.  Following each resolution, President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation. From www.keybusinesspartners.com, 9/21/07

Proclamation 5103 — American Business Women’s Day, 1983

September 22, 1983

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

The activities of American businesswomen have experienced a dramatic transition and expansion in recent years. More and more women are participating in every aspect of business — as owners, executives, professionals, support staff and production workers.

Women play an increasingly important role in the Nation’s economy and in determining and implementing the direction of both the private and public sectors of our Nation. Women entrepreneurs currently are the fastest growing segment of the small business community, owning twenty-two percent of all sole proprietorships and realizing gross receipts of over $40 billion. Women own businesses as diverse as coal mining, construction, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail trade.

With more options and choices available to them, women are realizing their potential as a vital force in the American economy.

In recognition that businesswomen are increasingly influencing the growth of our economy and the direction of our Nation, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 18 (Public Law 98 – 55), has designated September 22, 1983, as “American Business Women’s Day” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of that day.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 22, 1983, as American Business Women’s Day. I call upon every American to join me in observing this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 22nd day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 4:12 p.m., September 22, 1983]

Proclamation 5532 — American Business Women’s Day, 1986

September 22, 1986
 
By the President of the United States of America
 
A Proclamation  

American business women have made significant and increasing contributions to our economy and to the competitiveness of the United States internationally. The need continues for American working women to expand their horizons, diversify their skills, and set high personal and career goals. The American Business Women’s Association, a national educational association, has greatly assisted in this effort. The Association awarded $2,900,000 in scholarships to over 6,000 women in 1984, and more than $18,000,000 in scholarships since 1949. The Association has more than 110,000 members and 2,100 chapters, throughout the United States. This organization has encouraged the many important contributions of American business women to our Nation’s continuing vitality.  

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 196, has designated September 22, 1986, as “American Business Women’s Day” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event. 

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 22, 1986, as American Business Women’s Day. 

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh. 

Ronald Reagan 

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 2:49 p.m., September 23, 1986] 

Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 23.

From www.reagan.utexas.edu, 9/21/07


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