Sunday August 26th, 2018 marked 88 years since the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Club was founded and the day is celebrated worldwide as #BPWDay. The Club’s members across 95 countries and 5 continents wear yellow and participate in various activities to commemorate the day. The St. Kitts chapter was founded in 1975 by a dedicated group of women who paved the way for many through their commitment to the Club’s mandate and toward the advancement of women and women’s issues inclusive of contributing to new polices and legislation that impact women and children. For instance the BPW Club of St. Kitts was instrumental in enacting:
- The passing of the Bill to allow pregnant teenagers to return to school to complete
2. The passing of the Bill to allow civil servants to keep their positions whenever they got pregnant out of wedlock.
To celebrate BPW Day, the BPW Club of St. Kitts recognized and made presentations to two of its founding members at a Church service at the Wesley Methodist Church this past Sunday after which the members visited other founding members at their private home and elderly care facilities since they were not able to attend the service. The founding members were presented with certificates, plaques and flowers and the President of the Club, Cheryleann Pemberton used the opportunity to thank each member present for their dedication to the club and for their invaluable contribution to society. The Club’s founding members recognized on BPW Day were: Pamela Wall; Agnes Skerritt, Betty Lam, Ruth Adams, Beryl Buchanan-‐‐Hughes, Constance Caesar and Agnes Morton. BPW’s mission is to develop the professional, business and leadership potential of women at all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.