NYS Women in Business Week - New York State Women, Inc. announces an opportunity to honor the contributions of New York’s women in business, employers supporting their achievements, and all NY working women. According to the NYS Small Business Development Center www.nyssbdc.org there are 594,492 women owned businesses in New York, many of which are small business ventures.
In 2012, the celebration was expanded to honor New York women for the entire month of October, and is now an annual event. Chapters across the state are encouraged to promote celebrations highlighting successful women and to promote our mission to be the leading advocate for New York’s working women.
Girl Scouts — How do you meet professionals? How do you find out what careers are available for women? How do you establish a link between yourself and professional women in your community? In this project, you seek out professional women who are willing to work with Girl Scouts in a formal mentoring program. You learn about leadership, self-esteem, negotiation skills, parliamentary procedure, and legislation which affects women. You gain an insight into yourself and your future while establishing lasting friendships. The Girl Scout & Leadership goal is to work with Girl Scouts in a formal mentorship program. The Girl Scout Patch Project began in Rome NY in 1996. The patch was developed by the NYS Council and has received approval from GSUSA. To earn the Girl Scout Patch, a Girl Scout must complete 8 specified activities.
Public Policy — As the voice of working women, members bring the issues that effect working women to the attention of local, state and national legislators. During the year, Local Organizations hold many events to heighten awareness of the need for an ERA, the Fair Pay Act, Paid Family Leave, the HEART for Women Act and Retirement security.
Women's Day at the Fair — Women's Day at the NY State Fair is an annual event in recognition of women. It began when Franklin Roosevelt was governor and Women were given the former dog show building for their use. The current building is named for Harriet May Mills, a Syracuse political woman who had sought suffrage. She was the first woman to run for state-wide office; Secretary of State in 1920. She lost and died in 1935 at which time they named the current Women's Building, a.k.a. the Art and Home Center, for her - The Harriet May Mills Art and Home Center. The NYS Fair is held the 14 days before Labor Day (depending on the direction of the Governor). Women's Day is one of the Wednesdays of the Fair.
Women's Equality Day — Women's Equality Day is observed each year on August 26th at the annual event in Seneca Falls, NY. It not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality.
Woman's History Month — March is observed as Women's History Month. Chapters organize events to recognize the efforts and struggles of countless women who made a difference.
NYSW Annual State Conference in June