Welcome to the Souderton/Telford Business and Professional Women’s Club website. We invite you to browse our site to learn about our organization.
The multi-generational members of the Souderton/Telford BPW are in various stages of lives and careers. We come together in our commitment to helping improve the lives of women in the community and in the workplace. At the heart of our local club is the common belief that in unity and strength we can achieve our common goals. Our dedicated members have over 360 years of combined service to women in our local community.
Our monthly dinner meetings feature programs geared to the interests of women.
If you’re looking for an avenue to make friends, network and give back to the community, we invite you to visit our club, meet our members and hear about what we do.
We meet on the fourth Monday of each month.
We are looking forward to our 2013-2014 club year. The state theme for this club year is – We’ve come a long way, Baby. Fifty plus years ago June Cleaver and Harriet Nelson were homemakers and their husbands were the breadwinners. If you don’t recognize these names, you are probably one of our younger members. Just do a Google search. Some women back then were employed but were mostly employed in nursing, teaching and clerical jobs – what society called “Women’s Work”.
Now in 2013 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that over 58% of women are employed. More significantly 51% of people employed in management and professional occupations are women. Today the majority of households need two breadwinners to make ends meet. The entire family is affected by the social and economic issues that women face.
Yes, we have come a long way – especially in education. Overall women are now earning the majority of educational degrees. The tech field, however, needs more women. Fewer than 20% of the degrees earned in engineering and computer sciences belong to women.
So we are not finished yet. The glass ceiling is still there. The earnings gap, sexual harassment and gender discrimination still exist in our HR enlightened workplaces.
We welcome you back to this club year and look forward to helping all of you achieve your full potential and doing our part in regards to women’s issues.
Dee Chaffier and Pat Gill
Souderton/Telford BPW Co-Presidents