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Today is Equal Pay Day. Women (and men) across America will be wearing red to advocate for the gender pay gap. According to the United States Department of Labor, 57% of women participate in the workforce and only make, on average, 80% of what men make. Women have been banning together in this country for decades- for the right to vote, for civil rights and now, to close the gender gap and smash the glass ceiling.
Check out some of the top organizations for women in business:
1. American Business Women's Association: "The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition." You can join online for an annual fee of $115.
2. National Association for Professional Women: The NAPW is a power networking group that promotes professional networking, career services, networking events and educational tools. You can sign up here, free of cost. There may be fees applied later.
3. National Association for Women Business Owners: Founded in 1975, "NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide." There are a variety of membership options with Chapters all over the country.
4. Women's Business Exchange: "Originally founded in 1979, WBE is Seattle’s longest-running professional women’s networking organization. WBE is devoted to helping working women achieve more career, entrepreneurial, and business success." WBE also offers a selection of membership options.
5. Business and Professional Women's Foundation: "BPW Foundation was the first foundation dedicated to conducting research and providing information solely about working women." You can learn more about donations here.
Bonus: For more on the gender wage gap, check out this Fortune article on the top 5 companies that are winning this battle.