Week set aside for business women

The state and national Federation of Business and Professional Women organizations have joined in the celebration of the 71st annual National Business Women's Week that began Monday and continues through Friday.

The Craig chapter of Business and Professional Women has participated by asking the Craig City Council to officially recognize the week on a local level.

This celebration pays tribute to working women and the many contributions they have made in industry, government and other professions.

National Business Women's Week was first celebrated in 1928 with the same purpose as today honoring working women in their achievements in the work place. Dot Partridge, founder of women's week, said the purpose was "to interest the public and the employer in securing better prepared employees and providing greater opportunities for service among them and ... to assist in dignifying all business and professions for women and to encourage general study of individual opportunity."

This year, President Bill Clinton presented the National Federation of Business and Professional Women with a letter of recognition. In addition, Gov. Bill Owens, along with mayors across the state, has issued similar proclamations.

The local proclamation reads:

"Whereas, working women constitute 62.7 million of the nation's work force and strive to serve their communities, their states and their nation in professional, civic and cultural capacities;

"Whereas, women-owned businesses account for over one-third of all firms in the country and provide employment for one out of every four U.S. workers;

"Whereas, major goals of business and professional women are to promote equality for all women and to help create better conditions for business women through the study of social, educational, economic and political problems;

"Whereas, all of us are proud of their leadership in these many fields of endeavor;

"Therefore, I, Dave DeRose, mayor of the City of Craig, by the authority vested in me, do hearby proclaim Oct. 18-22, 1999 as National Business Women's Week."

By endorsing this proclamation, the City Council urges residents to join the salute to working women.

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