BPW/PA is a statewide organization of 1600+ members in 75 local organizations and 12 districts throughout the state.  BPW/PA is a leading advocate for working women in our state.  We work on all issues that touch women's lives and careers.

  • Organized in 1919, the Pennsylvania Federation (BPW/PA) is one of the Charter Members of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.
  • Our organization was one of the first women's organizations to formally endorse the Equal Rights Amendment in 1937, and we have led the drive for ratification ever since.
  • Since its inception, the Pennsylvania Federation has initiated programs such as:  Luncheon Honoring Women in Government, National Business Women's Week Projects, Workshops for Women, Youth Conferences, Leadership Training and Mentoring.
  • BPW/PA has endorsed many financial projects including:  purchase of cancer research equipment, victims flood relief, scholarships, interest free loans to members and MATHCOUNTS.

 Equal Pay Rally

On Tuesday, April 4th, members of BPW/PA and AAUW-PA came to the State Capitol in Harrisburg to rally for Equal Pay.  BPW/PA President Susan Vladika served as Mistress of Ceremonies and after reading a proclamation from Governor Wolf declaring April 4, 2017, Equal Pay Day in Pennsylvania, introduced speakers Dot McLean, AAUW-PA President, Suzanne Almeida, Exec. Director, League of Women Voters of PA, Terry Fromson, Managing Attorney, Women’s Law Project, Melissa Robbins, Philly NOW, and Lindsey Mauldin, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA, as well as several State Representatives including Brian Sims of Philadelphia.

After the rally, President Susan and BPW/PA Legislation Chair, Ginny Bailey,  Dot McLean, Suzanne Almeida and Terry Fromson met with Governor Wolf’s Chief of Staff, Mike Brunelle, Andrea Mead, the First Lady’s Chief of Staff and Sarah Galbally, Secretary for Policy and Planning.  They wanted to meet with us because they were impressed by the number of women’s organizations and State Representatives that came together for the issue of pay equity.  The governor’s staff said they wanted to help keep this momentum going and want to keep in touch.

A big THANK YOU to all the BPW/PA members who made the trip to Harrisburg!  The day would not have been a success without you!


Upcoming events

June 08, 2017 • The Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsport, PA

Why Join BPW? 

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  • Visibility
  • Helping Others
  • Member Discounts
  • Friendships

For membership information, please contact Denise Clawson, Membership Chair, at 724-422-5227 (cell)




March 4, 2017

The Winter BPW/PA Board of Directors meeting was held on March 4, 2017, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA.  After the traditional call to order and reciting of the Collect and Pledge of Allegiance, we were welcomed by District 11, the hostesses of the meeting.  BPW/PA State President recognized the First Timers and welcomed them to the meeting.  President Susan then conducted the “Star Chat” with her Executive Officers along with the Standing Committee Chairs and the Special Appointees.  The District Directors also held a “Star Chat” with President Susan.  Denice Robinson gave an update on the Alzheimer’s Awareness and Research Project and Legislation Chair, Ginny Bailey, spoke on the upcoming Pay Equity Day Rally being held in the Capitol in Harrisburg on April 4.  The Convention Co-Chairs, Terri Detrick and Georgia Tracy, invited everyone to attend the upcoming 2017 BPW/PA State Convention being held in Williamsport the weekend of June 9, 10 and 11, 2017.  Information was also shared on the Paddle Raffle being held Friday, June 9.    During the Convention meeting on Saturday, June 10 the election of officers for the 2017-2018 year will be held with the following slate of officers:  President, Marilyn Tallant; President-Elect, Theresa Rusbosin; Vice-President, Dawn Berkebile and Recording Secretary, Ginny Bailey.  The position of State Treasurer is vacant at this time.  Nominations will be taken from the floor during the Convention.  If you have never attended the BPW/PA State Convention I urge you to put these dates on your calendar.  Reservations are still being taken.  Join your fellow BPW Sisters in Williamsport June 9-10 and 11, 2017!  We promise you will not be disappointed……….Janet Riordan, BPW/PA Public Relations Chair.


Susan Vladika, BPW/PA President



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