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Women’s History Month … Seminars & Info For Businesswomen

March is Women’s History Month


The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

This week’s SBA enews is all about resources for women in business!  See below for links to seminars, webinars and great links to information!

SBA Hosts Online Events for Women Entrepreneurs During Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, SBA is hosting a series of online events that highlight women in business and we want you to join the conversation! Here’s what’s happening through the rest of March:

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InnovateHER: Weaving New Stories for Women’s Lives

The topic of this year’s Women’s History Month is Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. Erin Andrew, assistant administrator for women’s business ownership, discusses this and InnovateHER, a business challenge in partnership with Microsoft, that is focused on innovative products and services that make women’s lives better.

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SBA Helping to Boost Women’s Small Business With New Online Learning Tool

SBA’s support to women entrepreneurs continues to grow. We recently launched a partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management, leveraging their DreamBuilder online learning program that is designed for women entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a small business.

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Google Hangout – Women in Small Business: A Conversation with the SBA

If you missed last week’s Google Hangout, not to worry! You can watch the Google Small Business Community’s chat with Erin Andrew, Assistant Administrator from SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, on YouTube now!

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Connect With A Women’s Business Center

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) provide counseling, training and networking opportunities for women across the United States and its territories. With a network of nearly 100 educational centers, women around the country can receive tailored assistance to help them start and grow their small businesses. WBCs seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.

> Connect with a Women’s Business Center Today

About Women’s History Month


*Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

*From the Law Library of Congress’ guide to the legislative history of Women’s History Month.

Executive and Legislative Documents

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Women’s History Month.


Womens Health & Leadership

This week is National Women’s Health Week.  It started on Sunday and is celebrated through May 18th.

National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health and its importance. It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving.

Monday (the 13th) was “National Check Up Day,”  a nationwide effort, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, to:

  • Encourage women to call and visit health care professionals to schedule and receive checkups; and
  • Promote regular checkups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.

Yes, it was yesterday, but if you are a woman and haven’t either already had, scheduled or getting your head around getting scheduled for your annual check-up, do so today.  If you are a man, encourage the women in your life to do so.  Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. As a result, women’s health and well-being becomes secondary. As a community, we have a responsibility to support the important women we know and do everything we can to help them take steps for longer, healthier, happier lives.  This isn’t about martyrdom ladies, it is about being in a position of good health in order to take care of those who depend on you.  This is the rationale behind being on your oxygen mask before you help those around you put theirs on.  You can’t help anyone if you are unconscious, ill or dead.

This is also about leading.  Women are often the leaders in their families.  (sorry guys … just true)  They are usually their heart and nerve center of their families. I remember hearing the phrase, “if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” and not understanding it.  But it is so true!  In this case, if the caregiver isn’t well, she can’t provide care to anyone.  Taking care of our own health is the first step in leadership.

This week also kicks off our Path to Leadership, our summer personal leadership development series.  Tomorrow morning at Rennes Health & Rehab Anna Steinfest from U.S. Bank and AFF Research and Cassie Schuh from Zaptastic Professional Coaching will kick-off the series with sessions on Personal Leadership Philosophy and Personal Leadership Brand.    This series is designed to help improve and grow the participants personal leadership and I’m very excited!   Every group I’m in, both personally and professionally, often focus on leadership; but most people aren’t trained in leadership or in growing their own leadership skill-set and ability.  When I typed “personal leadership” into my Google search, it returned 776,000,000 results!  I’d say it is an important topic!  I have multiple books in my office, in my home, on my Nook, on my computer and on my Kindle app about leadership.  Two of the final classes I took last year to (finally) finish my Bachelors Degree had the majority of the classes dedicated to leadership:  definitions, lessons in good & bad leadership and how to improve as leaders.

Be a leader in your life.  You can join us to learn in our very hands on sessions of the next 3 months, you can read some great books or attend the myriad of leadership courses available online and in person.  Hand-in-hand with that education, however, is making sure you are fit to lead (thanks Prevea and Western Racquet!).  And you have to be healthy to do so.

So .. focus on leadership.  Focus on learning.  Focus on taking care of yourself.  You can’t lead anyone anywhere worth going if you don’t!

Women have vaulted to the head of the class

For the first time in history, women with college degrees now hold more non–farm payroll jobs than men. Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that this trend began just last year; in January 2010, women held 720,000 more non–farm payroll jobs than men.The reason for this change is clear. Women are earning significantly more college degrees than men –– in 2007, women earned nearly 166 associate and 135 bachelor’s degrees for every 100 earned by men. Women are also using their degrees to obtain jobs in fields that have been more stable during the recession including teaching, government and health care. Casey B. Mulligan, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, noted, “There are very high returns to education in the marketplace right now; it’s a fact that women have leveraged.”

In a sense, it’s back to the future for women. Until the start of World War II, women in the U.S. were typically more educated than men. This changed after the war, when men went to college in large numbers thanks to the G.I. Bill while more women stayed home to care for growing post–war families. The momentum changed once again in the 1960s as both male and female baby boomers entered college. By the 1980s, women were earning more bachelor’s degrees than men in all fields except physical sciences, math, engineering, business and economics –– a trend that continues today. As Harvard University economist Claudia Goldin explained, “Men have traditionally needed less education, [because] guys can get good jobs in construction without a master’s in Education and women can’t, so education substitutes for that.”

Here are several other job–related gender trends worth noting:

  • Women’s wages are also rising faster than men’s. During the most recent two–year period, men’s wages rose 3.4% while women’s wages rose 5.3%.
  • The disparity between black men and women is even greater. Black women are earning 219 associate’s degrees and 192 bachelor’s degrees for every 100 earned by black men.
  • Men are more likely to be unemployed than females. In January, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for males was 10% while it was 7.9% for females.
  • The last time the unemployment rate was equal between genders was in November of 2006. Indeed, men have lost almost 75% of all jobs lost during this recession. In November 2009, 19% of all men in their prime working years (ages 25 through 54) were unemployed –– the highest percentage since 1948, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It’s no wonder that some economists are calling the current economic situation a “man–cession.” According to University of Michigan professor Mark Perry, “For a recession to have had such a disproportionate effect on one gender has never before happened in the modern period.”

“Education Gains Shield Women From Worst of Job Woes,” by M.P. McQueen. The Wall Street Journal. February 12, 2010.
“How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America” by Don Peck. The Atlantic. March 2010.


From Women Impacting Public Policy:

The U.S. Small Business Administration today released a proposed rule aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSB). The women’s business community has been waiting 11 years for an effective program which will help the government meet its 5% contracting goal with women.

According to a press release from the SBA, the proposed rule identifies 83 industries in which WOSBs are under-represented or substantially under-represented in the federal contract marketplace. Additionally, it removes the requirement, set forth in a prior proposed version, that each federal agency certify that it had engaged in discrimination against women-owned small businesses in order for the program to apply to contracting by that agency.

Click the following linke to read the proposed rules, SBA Press Release, and WIPP’s response statement – http://www.wipp.org/resource/resmgr/Procurement_Committee/SBAWomensProcurement.pdf

We will review the rule and provide you with a detailed analysis.

The public may submit comments to this proposed rule up until close of business on May 3, 2010, to www.regulations.gov, where they will be posted after 4pm EST today, or by mailing them to Dean Koppel, Assistant Director, Office of Policy and Research, Office of Government Contracting, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd St. SW, Washington, DC 20416. Please reference RIN 3245-AG06 when submitting comments.

Contact Angelin Barrios, WIPP Small Business Policy Analyst, at abarrios@wipp.org with any questions.