National Women’s History Month & International Women’s Day 3/8

March is National Women’s History Month
March 8 is Int’l Women’s Day
Think globally, act locally!
“In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women’s Day.”
First Presidential Proclamation (1980)

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we are including a copy of the first proclamation issued to the nation in recognizing and celebrating women’s historic achievements. 
For the full history of National Women’s History Month, visit the Women’s History Month section of our website

President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.

As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, “Women’s History is Women’s Right.” – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”

I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980.

I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.

Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.

This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that “Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

From, 3/4/09:

The first International Women’s Day, IWD was in 1911. It followed unanimous agreement at an International Conference of Working Women the previous year.

Clara Zetkin proposed that every year in every country there should be one same day when women’s solidarity presses for equality.

In 1869 British MP John Stuart Mill was the first person in Parliament to call for women’s right to vote. On 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Women in other countries did not enjoy this equality and campaigned for justice for many years.

In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

From, 3/26/09: 

What Every Woman Should Know: Women’s Political Firsts Sampler

In Political, Women’s Rights on 03/22/2009 at 10:01 pm

Despite scattered examples throughout history, such as Queens Elizabeth I and Victoria, women have only recently been afforded any opportunity to participate meaningfully in politics. In America it was not until 1916 that a woman was elected to national office, and scant few examples of local political women preceded Jeannette Rankin’s 1916 victory in Montana. Except in a very few cases, American women’s political participation begins after they won the right to vote with the 19th Amendment.

But still barriers remained. I still recall with a fair amount of anger listening to younger women comment for years about how they could not respect Hillary Clinton because her accomplishments were built on her husband’s. Never mind that it isn’t even true, and it wouldn’t take two seconds of awareness to figure that out. That I can forgive. What angered (and continues to anger me) about those comments is that for generations married women with political connections where the only women who could get elected. These are the role models that Hillary Clinton grew up with.  It’s similar to the deriding Sarah Palin had to contend with because she was a beauty queen in an era when beauty contests where one of the few avenues to getting a college education for women who had to pay their own tuition.

These women did not create the patriarchal rules under which we have lived and continue to live, they have merely paid the price for our ignorance of our own history. That is one of the many reasons the historical agenda exists. We have to have context so that we can suspend that needless judgment, and appreciate what we have come to accomplish. Our achievements in the context of time–less than 100 years after Rankin and the 19th Amendment–are immense. We fight on, keeping the women in this Sampler in our minds, aware of the debt we owe to the past and future.

Jeanette Pickering Rankin (1880-1973, R-Montana) The first woman elected to congress, Rankin, a Republican, was elected before women had the right to vote in federal elections. She was also the first women of any western Democracy to be elected to a national legislative body. She achieved this feat after working tirelessly on behalf of women’s suffrage, and spearheading a campaign to bring the vote to Montana women, which was won in 1914. Read more about her her

Mary Teresa Hopkins Norton (1875-1951, D-New Jersey) One of the first women elected to the House after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, Norton was the first to be elected from an eastern state (NJ) and the first female Democrat who was not preceded by her husband. She was also the first woman to head a major committee, and the first to head a major state party organization (New Jersey Democratic Committee). Norton advocated for women workers. Read more about her here.

Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876-1977, D-Wyoming) The nation’s first female governor, Ross was elected the same day as Miriam Ferguson of Texas, but she was inaugurated first and thus claims her place in history. She succeeded her husband, Bradford Ross. She was widowed shortly before she was elected. She advocated for tax relief, school budgets, and responsible banking practices. She was later appointed vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee and served as Director of the U. S. Mint, the first woman to hold such a federal post. Read more about her here.

Bertha Ethel Knight Landes (1868-1949, Seattle, WA) First woman elected as mayor of a major city. Read more about her here.

Ruth Bryan Owen (1885-1954, D-Florida) The first woman elected to the House from South, Bryan Owen was the daughter of William Jennings Bryan, of Scopes Monkey Trial (1925) fame. She advocated for a Cabinet- level Department of the Home and Child and authored legislation that created Everglades National Park. She was the first congresswoman to serve on a major committee. She was later appointed minister to Denmark by President Roosevelt, another first for women. She was also appointed to the drafting committee for the United Nations charter. Read more about her here.

1940 & 1948
Margaret Madeline Chase Smith (1897-1995, R-Maine) The first woman elected to both the House and Senate, she was also the first woman elected to the Senate. Smith began her political career as her husband’s secretary (Rep. Clyde Smith), and she succeeded her husband upon his death. Smith was elected to the Senate in 1948 and served until her retirement in 1973. She ran for the GOP nomination for president in 1964, the first women to do so for either major party. Read more about her here.

Barbara Jordan (1936-1996, D-Texas) The first African American woman elected, and re-elected, to the House of Representatives from the South. She rose to national prominence in her role on the House Judiciary Committee during Nixon’s impeachment hearings. In 1976, she became the first woman and the first African American to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. Jordan advocated for Constitutional integrity. Read more about her here.

Nancy Landon Kassebaum (1932-, R-Kansas) The first woman elected to the US Senate who was not preceded by her husband. Her father, however, was governor of Kansas. She was the only woman in the Senate when she was elected in 1978. Kassebaum advocated for the Equal Rights Amendment and for women to serve in the draft. She became the first woman to head up a U.S. Senate Committee in 1995, when she was appointed Chair of the Labor and Human Resources Committee. Kassebaum retired in 1997. Read more about her here.

What Every Woman Should Know is a bi-weekly series on American Women’s History. The series is weekly in March, which is Women’s History Month.


National Girls & Women In Sports Day

From the Commission on the Status of Women: 2/1/2010,

February 3, 2010 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day – Stay Strong, Play On!

National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSP) evolved from a day honoring fallen Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman, to a day devoted to acknowledging the past accomplishments of female athletes and recognizing current sports achievements, the positive influences of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. 
NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements of female athletes and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. 


National Girls & Women in Sports Day

2010 NGWSD Theme

Women’s Equality Day 2009

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day, by blogging about it, and watch the movie “Iron Jawed Angels”

A Great Movie!

Wear Purple in Solidarity!

From, 8/12/09:

“Iron Jawed Angels” recounts for a modern audience a key chapter in U.S. history, the story of suffragists who fought for the right to vote during a period covering 1912-1920. The movie focuses on two young women, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, and their fight to build on the previous work of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA). The movie stars Hillary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Angelica Huston and Julia Ormond, and there are many other outstanding actors in the film.

The film describes the struggles of brave women as they picketed the White House, spoke at public gatherings, lobbied President Wilson and members of Congress, wrote articles, and published their own newspaper. It also shows their arrests and subsequent time in a prison/work house. The film does not “pull any punches.”

As we remember the struggles to abolish slavery and to establish civil rights, we must also remember the struggles for women’s suffrage. Those of us who live today with so many freedoms have a debt to pay to those who worked hard and, in some cases, gave their lives to those labors. Both adults and young people should know who made it possible for us to live with those freedoms — names such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida Wells Barnett, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Carrie Chapman Catt. West Virginia had its own heroines: Lenna Yost, Henriette Romine Fulks, Fannie Wheat, as well as many in the trenches.

We hope the film will trigger us to read more about these heroic women so that we will not forget what they sacrificed for us. Understanding our history gives us courage and strength to work for the issues that confront us today. The right to vote did not come easily to our country and we should not take our responsibility to vote lightly.

Helen Gibbins is president of the League of Women Voters of the Huntington Area.

August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage.  Across the seventy-two years between the first major women’s rights conference at Senecca Falls, New York, in 1848, and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, thousands of people participated in marches through cities like New York and Washington DC, wrote editorials and pamphlets, gave speeches all over the nation, lobbied political organizations, and held demonstrations with the goal of achieving voting rights for women.  Women also picketed the White House with questions like, “Mr. President, what are you going to do about woman’s suffrage?” “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”  This was the first time in history that a group of people picketed the White House. 

The woman suffrage amendment was introduced for the first time to the United States Congress on January 10, 1878.  It was re-submitted numerous times until finally in June 1919 the amendment received approval from both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Over the following year the suffragists spent their time lobbying states in order to have the amendment ratified by the required two-thirds of the states.  On August 24th, Tennessee, the final state needed for ratification, narrowly signed the approval by one vote.  The vote belonged to Harry Burn, who heeded the words of his mother when she urged him to vote yes on suffrage.  The U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the amendment into law on August 26, 1920.

Fifty years later on August 26th, 1970, Betty Friedan and the National Organization of Women (NOW) organized a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality.  Women across the political spectrum joined together to demand equal opportunities in employment, education, and twenty-four hour child-care centers.  This was the largest protest for gender equality in U.S. history.  There were demonstrations and rallies in more than ninety major cities and small towns across the country and over 100,000 women participated, including 50,000 who marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City. 

Several other acts occurred on that day to help the cause and prompt more press coverage on the women’s movement.  For example, women in New York City took over the Statue of Liberty.  In preparation, several women climbed up to measure the wind velocity.  Later they returned to the Statue with two forty-foot banners to hang from the crown.  One read: “March on August 26 for Equality.” The other: “Women of the World Unite.”  An organized group stopped the ticker tape at the American Stock Exchange, and they held signs with slogans like, “We won’t bear any more bull.”  Another action taken during the day was a lawsuit filed against the New York City Board of Education to gain equality for women in educational administration. The case lasted about ten years and finally resulted in a larger increase in female principals. 

While the strike did not halt the activities of the nation, it drew national attention to the women’s rights movement.  For example, The New York Times published their first major article on the feminist movement by covering the events of the day.  It even included a map of the route the marchers took through New York City. 

The following year in 1971, Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY) introduced a bill designating August 26th of each year as Women’s Equality Day and the bill passed.  Part of the bill reads that Women’s Equality Day is a symbol of women’s continued fight for equal rights and that the United States commends and supports them.  It decreed that the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of woman suffrage and the 1970 Strike for Equality. Women today continue to draw on the history of these brave and determined women.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.


Women’s Equality Day 2006 – 2008

From 2008: 

Today is Women’s Equality Day!

The California Commission on the Status of Women joins the Nation in celebrating the 88th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day. Each year Women’s Equality Day is celebrated on August 26th to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Congress designated this date in 1971 to honor women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Spearheading the effort was U.S. Representative Bella Abzug (D-NY).

Women winning the right to vote was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. In addition to celebrating the voting rights of American women, Women’s Equality Day also symbolizes the continued fight for equality, justice, peace, and development for women from various nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, religions, economic and political backgrounds.

The Commission on the Status of Women encourages you to celebrate and reaffirm women’s right to vote –
and honor the heroic suffrage movement that won that right for all women –  
by voting  in November!

If you are not registered to vote – visit the Secretary of State’s office at and register today!

Party Celebrate Women’s Equality Day, on August 26 every year! (wearGirlpurple- the traditional and contemporary color that represents women empowerment!) 

From 2006 & 2007:

From, 8/24/07:

A Brief History of the Suffrage Movement and Women’s Equality Day

On July 13, 1848, five women met for tea in upstate New York. Having commiserated about the lot of women in American society, they did something brash and wonderful…they sent off a notice to the local newspaper announcing “a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of woman” to be held just six days later in Seneca Falls.

The Women’s Rights Movement was born!

Perhaps inspired by the sovereignty of Iroquois women, (See Sally Roesch Wagner) convention participants drafted a Declaration of Sentiments which began: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, That all men and women are created equal…” One of the resolutions called for universal women’s suffrage. One hundred women and men from all walks of life signed that Declaration. Only one, nineteen-year-old Charlotte Woodward, lived to see women win the vote.

On August 26, 1920, after a 72-year struggle, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S. was finally ratified, granting women the right to vote nationwide. The actual text:

Section 1. The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

In 1971, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, as a reminder of women’s continuing efforts for equality.

Of course, the struggle for women’s rights didn’t end in 1920. To read more about the women’s movement in contemporary times, I recommend “The Women’s Rights Movement: Where It’s Been, Where It’s At,” a talk by Sonia Pressman Fuentes.

From, 8/24/07:

What is Women’s Equality Day?

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

From Pink Magazine- Aug/Sept 2006:

Celebrate the right to vote on August 26, the day the 19th Amendment, which gave women this right, passed in 1920.  “Many people are shocked to learn that women were beaten or imprisoned for the right to vote,” says Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director of the National Women’s History Project.  “It took 72 years to accomplish this.  Since votes for women weren’t proposed until 1848 at the Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention, that’s how long it took to change the hearts and minds of people.”

4 Ways You Can Celebrate:
1.  Rent the movie Iron Jawed Angels, the story of suffragists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, starring Hillary Swank.
2.  Visit the National Women’s History Project website.
3.  Register to vote!
4.  Give out Voting Registration Forms (available at on August 26- Women’s Equality Day.
5.  From WS blog editor: Contact your U.S. Representatives, and ask them to co-sponsor the Women’s Equality Act, The Paycheck Fairness Act, and The Fair Pay Act.
–Kathryn Whitbourne
About Alice Paul
Alice Paul, who formed the National Women’s Party, relentlessly picketed the White House during WW1, becoming one of the nation’s first key women in politics.  Arrested and placed in solitary confinement, she began a hunger strike and was later taken to the prison hospital, then put in a psychiatric ward and forced-fed.
Responding to public outcry about the prison abuse of suffragists, President Woodrow Wilson finally announced his support for a suffrage amendment, which became law in the summer of 1920.  Paul later wrote the first draft of the Equal Rights Amendment and continued campaigning for women’s rights.
–Allison Sparks, 8/26/07:

Decades later, we resume the debate on equality

August 25, 2007

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. Most Americans don’t even know what it is, and aside from commemorations by a few female leaders on Capitol Hill, it is hardly noticed. But it marks one of the most important days of the last century for women — the day the final state ratified the 19th Amendment in 1920 — and women were granted the vote.

That year also marked what suffragists of the time thought would soon be another constitutional milestone, the Equal Rights Amendment. With their newfound franchise, women believed they could convince legislators to put women on equal footing in the Constitution with men (white men from the beginning, black men since passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868). The ERA was penned by Alice Paul, the suffragist jailed for picketing the White House and nearly starved in Occoquan prison outside Washington.

But it was not to be. Here we are, 87 years later — a lifetime in anyone’s book — and women still haven’t achieved equal constitutional status. First introduced in Congress in 1923, the ERA was not passed and sent to the states for ratification until 1972, with an artificial time limit of only seven years for approval by the states. In that brief time it was ratified by 35 states, but was stopped three states short by millions of corporate dollars backing Phyllis Schlafly’s anti-woman storm troopers, who feared unisex toilets more than they valued freedom from discrimination.

Most U.S. citizens don’t remember that fight, and many believe the ERA was ratified. The reality is that the legal rights women currently enjoy are not rooted in the Constitution, but in a series of statutes like the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, executive orders like affirmative action, and various rules interpreting laws such as Title IX, guaranteeing equal educational opportunity. Because we don’t have an ERA, depending on their origin, all of these can be revoked in the dead of night by any simple majority of Congress, bureaucrats in a hostile administration, or the president himself.

George W. Bush and company know this very well. They have been systematically eroding the gains women have made since they took office. They have weakened Title IX through rule changes.

A major one now allows schools to force girls, but not boys, to prove they are interested in participating in sports before they are given the chance to play, and so-called “separate but equal” single-sex public schools are allowed for the first time since 1972.

With the appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, the assaults on women’s employment rights and legal abortions have begun in earnest. Wasting no time, the Court has already upheld the first federal abortion ban since Roe v. Wade, and severely limited women’s right to sue in cases where they’ve experienced pay discrimination.

Recently renamed the Women’s Equality Amendment by its chief sponsor, Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the ERA is the essence of brevity: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” That’s the whole thing. A simple concept that had the blessing of both political parties until the Republicans struck it from their platform in 1980 and the Democrats followed suit in 2004.

It’s high time the ERA was put back in the center of public debate, and this long election season is the perfect opportunity.

Office seekers not remembering that right to vote we’re celebrating on the 26th do so at their peril. Women are now the majority of the electorate, and can control any election. Close to 80 percent of the public, both female and male, favor an Equal Rights Amendment. Candidates of both parties for the Congress and the presidency ought to be listening.

Burk is the director for the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women’s Organizations in Washington D.C.

Copyright © 2007, Newport News, Va., Daily Press

Administrative Professionals Day 4/22 & National Receptionists Day 5/13, 2009

Red roseHappy Belated Administrative Professionals Day to All Administrative Professionals Everywhere!Red rose
April 22nd, 2009

Managers- What would you do without them? Honor your administrative professional today!  "Raises not Roses", but roses with raises are nice too! So if you forgot this year, the next Administrative Professionals Day will be on April 21, 2010.
Organized in 1952 by IAAP, APW is a time to recognize administrative professionals for their contributions and accomplishments throughout the year. It is one of the largest workplace observances, bringing together millions of people worldwide for community events, educational seminars and individual corporate activities. –, 4/23/08
Check out, for information about administrative professionls.
"Rights, Respect, and Raises"

Hyatt Makes Business Personal For Administrative Professionals With Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Rewards
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is making it easier for administrative professionals and meeting planners to go on the trip of their dreams. Now anyone who schedules a qualifying meeting or event held at a Hyatt property can automatically receive Hyatt Gold Passport points that may be redeemed toward free stays at any Hyatt location, at any time, with no blackout dates. The Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Rewards program is free to join and meeting and events held at a Hyatt can earn administrative professionals who register credit toward Hyatt Gold Passport membership tier status and more rewards.

“In today’s challenging economy, Hyatt is proud to be able to reward administrative professionals with free travel for simply booking their corporate meetings and events at a Hyatt location,” said Scott Seed, director of leisure and business marketing, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “Whether they take their family away to their favorite beach or want to visit relatives across the country, the Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Reward program is their ticket to free stays.”

Today, Administrative Professionals Day 2009, Hyatt released the results of a survey, conducted in association with members of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). The survey details meeting planning trends and workplace topics including errands that administrative professionals have been asked to do as personal favors for their boss and what they expect, and wish, to receive this year on the special recognition day.

Key findings of the Hyatt Administrative Professional Survey, which was completed by more than 1,000 administrative professionals, include:

• 81 percent are responsible for planning meetings and events and on average they plan four off-site meetings per year
• Meeting and event planning is an Administrative Professional’s second most time consuming office activity, accounting, on average, for 17 percent of their time (trailing only creating documents, which accounts for 26 percent of time)
• 95 percent of Administrative Professionals believe that the budgets to support off-site meetings will shrink in the current economic climate, however, 85 percent still view meetings as valuable
• To stretch smaller budgets, event and meeting planners are choosing locations that require less travel (82 percent) and are limiting food choices (65 percent)
• 44 percent have been asked to do personal errands for their bosses – with the top indiscretions being keeping secrets (24 percent), covering for their bosses (20 percent) and making personal travel arrangements (16 percent)
• 93 percent of Administrative Professionals expect to receive flowers, a card or a lunch out this year for Administrative Professionals Day, however, more than 60 percent wish to be recognized with dinner at a favorite restaurant, a visit to a spa, or an overnight stay with a significant other in an upscale hotel
• 61 percent state that the title that best describe their role as an Administrative Professional is CEO – Chief Everywhere Officer

“Administrative professionals are the backbone of companies from coast to coast, and on this Administrative Professionals Day, we are proud to join with Hyatt to recognize the work and the key role that these individuals play in corporations and organizations across the country,” Barb Horton CAP, president of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. “The survey results clearly show the important role that Administrative Professionals serve, and how they often go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Rewards is a new standout program in the industry, recognizing and celebrating the work of administrative professionals by giving them personal incentives. To maximize rewards, administrative professionals receive one Hyatt Gold Passport point for every qualifying dollar spent at a Hyatt hotel on accommodations, meeting room rentals, and catering, up to 50,000 points per event. More details on Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Rewards are available at

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PartyHappy National Receptionists Day 2009Red rose

May 13

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

The 23rd Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day
February 4

National Nurses Day 2008

To all the hardworking nurses everywhere, including men, "Happy Nurses Day"! Red rose
National Nurses Day, also known as National RN Recognition Day, is always celebrated on May 6th and opens National Nurses Week.  National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birth date of Florence Nightingale.

National Nurses Week is one of the nation’s largest health care events, recognizing the contributions and commitments nurses make and educating the public about the significant work they perform.  The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports and encourages National Nurses Week through state and district nurses associations, educational facilities, and independent health care companies and institutions.  The week-long celebration is designed to accommodate the variety of schedules nurses are required to work.

Activities during National Nurses Week typically include banquets and recognition dinners, state and city proclamations, continuing education seminars, and other community events.  Nurses are typically honored with gifts, dinners, and flowers by friends and family members, coworkers such as doctors and administrators, and patients who want to show their appreciation.

The history of Nurses Day can be traced back to 1953 when Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower to proclaim a "Nurse Day" in October of the following year.  The proclamation was never made, but the following year National Nurses Week was observed from October 11 – 16, marking the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea.

In 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a "National Nurse Week."  In 1981, a resolution was initiated by nurses in New Mexico to have May 6th declared "National Recognition Day for Nurses."  This proposal was promoted by the ANA Board of Directors and in 1982, with a joint resolution, the United States Congress designated May 6th to be "National Recognition Day for Nurses."  The proposal was signed by President Reagan, making May 6 the official "National Recognition Day for Nurses."  It was later expanded by the ANA Board of Directors in 1990 to a week-long celebration (May 6-12) known as "National Nurses Week."

National Student Nurses Day is celebrated each year on May 8th.  At the request of the National Student Nurses Association, the ANA Board of Directors designated May 8th as National Student Nurses Day beginning in 1998.  And as of 2003, the ANA has declared that National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week.

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12th of each year.  The International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemorates this day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day Kit which includes educational and public information materials for use by nurses everywhere.  The ICN has celebrated International Nurses Day since 1965.

Florence Nightingale Pledge

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

This modified "Hippocratic Oath" was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.  Source: The American Nurses Association

NursingWorld – Official website of the American Nurses Association


The International Council of Nurses


The Florence Nightingale Museum

From, 5/16/08:

  • May 6-12: National Nurse’s Week
  • May 8: National Student Nurses Day
  • May 6th: National Nurses Day
  • May 9th: School Nurses Day (Wednesday of Nurse’s Week)
  • May 12: International Nurse’s Day
  • November 14: Operating Room Nurse Day

Happy Susan B. Anthony Day!

Susan B. Anthony, silver medal, 1967, USA   

   Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1999, USA 

February 15, 1820 –  March 13, 1906

“Failure is Impossible”

“Men their rights, and nothing more, women, their rights, and nothing less”

It took 72 long – struggling years for women to gain the right to vote.


Happy Birthday to Susan B. (Brownell) Anthony (February 15 –  every year), a pioneer and hero in the United States Women’s Movement for equal rights. She advocated tirelessy, along with other great women, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, for women in the United States to get the right to vote. Their efforts paved the road to what women in the United States have and still need to gain today- equal rights. Surf to for more information about her!



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From:, 10/5/08:

Susan B. Anthony, 1820-1906, was raised as a Quaker in Massachusetts where she observed the working conditions of the women in her father’s cotton mill.

As an adult she became a schoolteacher, one of the few respectable jobs a middle-class woman could hold at the time.  She became involved in the abolitionist and woman’s suffrage movements in the late 1840s.

After she was denied a chance to speak at meetings of temperance advocates, she dedicated herself to winning equal rights for women. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869) and later served as president (1892–1900) of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

In the election of 1872 she cast a ballot and was arrested and fined since women were not allowed to vote.

She constantly spoke out against injustices of all kinds, but concentrated most of her energies in her final years in seeking a constitutional amendment to allow women to vote.

She initiated the History of Woman Suffrage, organized the International Council of Women (1888), and as late as 1904 was in Berlin helping to found the International Woman Suffrage Alliance.

The ridicule that had greeted her in her first decades was replaced by respect, and she became internationally known as the symbol of the women’s rights movement.


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, 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, 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, 9/21/07

National Women’s Confidence Day, 1st Wednesday in June – every year!

Attention All Women- Help Celebrate National Women’s Confidence Day-1st Wednesday in June Every Year!

 From the Web:
Queen Latifah Announces First Annual NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE DAY(SM) on Capitol Hill

Entertainment Superstar, YWCA USA Launch Women’s Confidence-Building Educational Outreach Program

NEW YORK, June 7 /PRNewswire/ — Today, entertainment superstar Queen Latifah, the YWCA USA, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and VF Intimates’ CURVATION(R) brand announced the first annual NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE DAY on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The goal of the day is to raise awareness for, and celebrate the positive impact of, confidence in women’s personal and professional lives. Additionally, the day served as the launch of the CURVATION(SM) Project Confidence(SM) YWCA Educational Outreach Program, a partnership designed to give women the tools and information they need to build their personal confidence and self-esteem.

To commemorate the occasion, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a member of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues, acknowledged NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE DAY on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, with Queen Latifah in attendance. This follows the submission of an Extension of Remarks supporting the day into the Congressional Record in February 2006.

The day was proclaimed by the YWCA USA to serve as a reminder for women everywhere to exude confidence in themselves everyday; an opportunity for women to get involved in helping other women live more fulfilling lives; and a fitting tribute to those who already contribute — via education, fund-raising, self-empowerment and volunteer work — to helping women gain confidence. NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE DAY will be celebrated on the first Wednesday in June in subsequent years.

Following the acknowledgement in Congress, Queen Latifah, Representative Maloney and Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO, YWCA USA, held a press conference on the Cannon Terrace on Capitol Hill, where they announced the CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE YWCA EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAM, a multi-faceted women’s confidence research, training and education program executed through YWCAs nationwide. This initiative, sponsored by the makers of CURVATION(R), a brand of intimate apparel developed for the more than 60 million curvaceous women in the U.S., is the first confidence-building program at a national level in the YWCA’s nearly 150-year history to be aimed at women over the age of 18.

"I’m so proud to be here today to celebrate NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE DAY and the launch of the CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE YWCA EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAM because I have always felt strongly about empowering women," said Queen Latifah, the spokesperson, inspiration and creative advisor to the CURVATION(R) brand. "I’m living proof that with confidence and by believing in yourself, you can accomplish any goal. So today, in honor of NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE DAY, I’m encouraging all women to take the first step — no matter how big or small — to making their dreams a reality."

The issue of confidence is near and dear to the Grammy Award-winner’s and Academy Award-nominee’s heart. She credits her success today with the confidence her mother and grandmother instilled in her growing up.

The comprehensive educational initiative from the YWCA is comprised of several components including: focus groups in five major U.S. markets; an online survey of women’s beliefs, attitudes and practices pertaining to confidence and self-esteem; the development of a 9-month curriculum and "How-To" Kit based on findings from the research and focus groups, which will be made available to 16,000 employees and volunteers in nearly 300 local YWCA’s via intranet; a local and regional representative training program; monthly "Confident Women" Group Meetings open to the community; plans for community-wide events; and co-branded CURVATION(R)/YWCA USA promotional and media materials. The program has the potential to impact nearly 2 million YWCA members and their families, as well as countless others nationwide.

"The YWCA knows first-hand the struggles that individual women face, and the ability each one of us has to make a difference. We are committed to providing women with the information and services they need to be strong alone – and fearless together," says Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO, YWCA USA. "There was a genuine need to develop curriculum geared towards women’s confidence, and we are so grateful to Queen Latifah and the CURVATION(R) brand for their passionate belief in the importance of this issue, and for providing the support and infrastructure to bring this program to fruition."

The curriculum stems from CURVATION(SM) PROJECT CONFIDENCE(SM), a multi-year, multi-part initiative sponsored by CURVATION(R) and led by Queen Latifah, designed to share with women the importance of confidence and invite women, in turn, to share the power of confidence with others. The three other major initiatives under this umbrella include the CURVATION(SM) PROJECT CONFIDENCE(SM) Awards, a nationwide search to recognize women who personify confidence; NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONFIDENCE DAY; and CURVATION NATION(SM), an online community where women who have embraced the power of confidence can inspire and share their ideas with an ever-widening community. For more information, women can log onto CURVATION NATION at

"The CURVATION(R) brand has supported women’s-confidence building initiatives since its inception three years ago and is delighted to contribute to programming that can actually affect women’s lives," said Pam Hardee, Marketing Director, CURVATION(R). "To have the support of such influential women and organizations, such as Carolyn B. Maloney and the YWCA, in this endeavor is incredible and speaks to the significance of this issue in today’s society."

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