USWCC  Celebrates Inclusion on the Women’s Economic Agenda

USWCC Celebrates Inclusion on the Women’s Economic Agenda

Pelosi_DorfmanWhen the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce was launched in 2001, we met with resistance from many women’s organizations and women legislators who deemed all businesses as the opponent of working women. What they failed to recognize was that between 1997 – 2007 the number of women-owned firms grew by 44% because women were leaving Corporate America in droves in search of fair pay and to escape the glass ceiling.  What women found instead were more obstacles, including access to federal contracts and access to capital, as they worked to create work environments that are good for all.

velazquez_dorfmanAfter over a decade of work, the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce is overcoming this misconception. One excellent example of this progress happened recently when the U.S. Congress Democratic Women’s Caucus added women business owners to their Women’s Economic Agenda - Listed under the solution to the section on Pay: Support Women Entrepreneurs/Small Businesses. We thank our women leaders for blazing the way towards economic progress for women – working women and business owners.

At the October 2013 WOSB National Council meeting we celebrated this accomplishment with the participation from key congressional edwards_dorfmanleader:

  • Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues
  • House Small Business Committee Ranking Leader Nydia Velazquez
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Democratic leadership co-chair Steering and Policy Committee
  • Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 113th Congress

doherty_dorfrmanNext Step:  We ask that you post a comment that includes your story of fair pay and family friendly work environments so we can highlight the needs of women-owned firms to grow their businesses.

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