History

YBPW was established in 1920, and is affiliated with the Ohio BPW and BPW Foundation. Our organization is rich in history and rooted in tradition.

While mobilizing for World War I, the U.S. Government recognized the need for a cohesive group to coordinate identification of women’s available skills and experience. A Women’s War Council, financed through a federal grant, was established by the War Department to organize the resources of professional women. The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs was founded on July 15, 1919. The organization later filed to “do business as” (dba) Business and Professional Women/USA (BPW/USA). BPW/USA became the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation in 1956.