After the establishment of the first clubs in the US in the early 1920’s, small groups of women travelled to Europe between 1928-1930 seeking to arouse interest in an international organisation. In August 1930, women from 16 countries gathered in Geneva and formed the International Federation. Dr Lena Madesin-Phillips was elected as the first International President.
BPW International www.bpw-international.org
BPW New Zealand: www.bpwnz.org.nz
BPW Tamaki: https://bpwtamaki.wordpress.com
BPW Tamaki was founded in 1967 and has enjoyed many notable successes over the years including actively lobbying for a range of bills, from Matrimonial Property through to Prostitution Law Reform and Flexible Working Hours. Several members are currently on BPW NZ’s executive giving the club good insight into the work of BPW at national level.
BPW Tamaki Past Presidents
|Moira McLean||2013 – 2017|
|Faye Gardiner||2012 – 2013|
|Glenys Hayward||2010 – 2011|
|Maureen Beard||2008 – 2009|
|Pauline Bennett||2006 – 2007|
|Jan Chipperfield||2004 – 2005|
|Moira McLean||2002 – 2004|
|Faye Gardiner||2000 – 2002|
|Lorraine Cameron||1998 – 2000|
|Joyce Rae||1997 – 1998|
|Lois Hayward||1996 – 1997|
|Linda Lindegreen||1994 – 1996|
|Joan Bielby||1994 – 1995|
|Eileen Peterie||1992 – 1994|
|Olwyn Barradell||1990 – 1992|
|Muriel Brennan||1988 – 1986|
|Joan Bielby||1986 – 1988|
|Lynette Irving||1984 – 1986|
|Betty Corrin||1983 – 1984|
|Valerie Weir||1981 – 1982|
|Jean Davies||1979 – 1981|
|Lynette Beck||1977 – 1979|
|Joan Catchpole||1975 – 1977|
|Betty Corrin||1973 – 1975|
|Joan Bielby||1971 – 1973|
|Lillian Henshaw||1969 – 1971|
|Joyce Bradley||1968 – 1969|
BPW International aims to unite business and professional women in all parts of the world.
Our International Aims
1 . work for women’s:
• economic independence
• equal opportunity and representation in economic, civil and political life
2. encourage and support women and girls to:
• develop their professional and leadership potential
• undertake lifelong education and training
• use their abilities for the benefit of others, locally, nationally and internationally
• for the elimination of all discrimination against women
• for human rights and the use of gender-sensitive perspectives
• world-wide networking and co-operation between business and professional women
• non-profit projects that help women gain economic independence
• to present the views of business and professional women to international organisations and agencies, and to business, governments and civil society.
Official Collect of Business & Professional Women
- That we meet together as women, not allowing beliefs, religion, nationality, ethnicity or language to come between us.
- That these meetings enable us to move forward and advance the status of women throughout the world.
- That the value of women be recognized in our families, our communities, our workplaces, our country and the world.
- That we use our good ideas, our knowledge, our experience to promote the worth of women.
- That we combine our strengths to move forward in peace, in serenity, and in love.
- That women of all generations will do their part to achieve harmony and equality among all human beings.
- BPW NZ Club of the Year
Alix Haywood Award for best Club Newsletter
Anne Todd Bell Award (Issues Award)
Brooker Marketing Award
Daphne Chapman Award
Jean Park Community Achievement Award
Women working for women