If you don't find what you're
looking for here,
It is important to note that many of the associations listed here provide only limited access to non-members. When useful free content is available on the association's web site, it is so noted. If no content is described, one can assume that the web site is essentially an "electronic membership brochure".
ABWA's stated mission is "to bring together
businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them
to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through
leadership, education, networking support and national recognition".
The web site lists ABWA events, educational programs, conference schedule,
member information, and career resources.
Asian Women in Business (AWIB)
AWIB is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1995 to
assist Asian women to realize their entrepreneurial potential. AWIB fills
a vital need for women who need information, education and networking
opportunities to start or expand their businesses.
AWP is a "women's organization dedicated to
assisting women in expanding their networks, finding opportunities and
developing their skills."
In addition to services provided to members, this
site provides access to the full text of the latest issues of
BW (Business Woman) Magazine and
on the Status of Working Women.
Catalyst is a nonprofit organization working to
advance women in business and the professions. This research organization
has systematically tracked women's progress in the workplace and publishes
this information on the web site. Its web site offers articles, and news related to its mission, and also provides
to useful web sites for professional women. Catalyst also offers for
numerous studies on women and business. You can register with Catalyst to
receive periodic e-mail alerts about additions to the web site.
Founded as the National Foundation of Women Business
Owners (NFWBO) this site provides "original, groundbreaking research to
document the economic and social contributions of women-owned firms, and
consulting and public relations services to maximize the benefits of
Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts,
Lowell, this site describes the Center's mission and activities and
provides a very useful "Virtual Library" of annotated links in more than
twenty categories relating to women and work.
This nonprofit professional women's organization was
established in 1938. According to the web site the membership is consists
of 3500 companies and 5000 representatives with 85 chapters in major
cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Provides a page of information about Professional
Women's Organizations. Where web pages for the organizations are
available, links are provided.
NAFE is the largest (200,000 members)
businesswomen's association in the United States. Provides information
about membership, links to business resources, information about women in
the workplace, and job resources.
Provides very basic information about the
"The National Women’s Business Council, a
bi-partisan Federal government advisory panel, was reauthorized by
Congress in 1997 [Public Law 105-135]. It was created to serve as an
independent source of advice and counsel to the President, the Congress,
and the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise, its public
sector counterpart on economic issues of importance to women business
owners. The members of the National Women’s Business Council are prominent
women business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations. The
mission of the Council is to promote bold initiatives, policies and
programs designed to support women’s business enterprises at all stages of
development in the public and private sector marketplaces."
OWIT is a non-profit professional organization
designed to provide networking and educational opportunities for women
in international trade.
This nonprofit membership organization (for business and career women)
is dedicated to developing leaders, accelerating economic growth, and
providing a community voice for women.
"Each women’s business center provides assistance
and/or training in finance, management, marketing, procurement and the
Internet, as well addressing specialized topics such as home-based
businesses, corporate executive down sizing and welfare-to-work. All
provide individual business counseling and access to the SBA’s programs
and services; a number are also intermediaries for the SBA’s MicroLoan
and Loan Prequalification programs." There is an index by state to
the directory information for each business center which includes email
addresses and web addresses (as available).
This Yahoo sub-directory is useful for identifying
smaller, regional or local, and/or industry specific organizations.
Provides biographical sketches of prominent women.
Links are provided to
additional off site
profiles. The site also provides a
search and a
search so that you can quickly determine whether there is a profile
(in any category of achievement) for the person or field in which you are
According to the web site, they wish to "become the one-stop resource
for all things woman and computer." Has a collection of interviews and
profiles of women in the computer industry.
There seems to be no comprehensive web based directory of women owned businesses and certainly nothing comparable to print resources such as the Dun and Bradstreet Women-Owned Business Directory: Top U.S. Women-Owned Businesses or the National Directory of Woman Owned Business Firms. Check with your area public or university library to see if these directories are available.
This site offers a variety of resources for women
who own businesses or would like to, including articles offering advice
and information on business
startups, growth, and coming
soon (as of 6/05) a portal to locate
women owned businesses.
This Yahoo sub-directory is useful for identifying
smaller, regional, and/or industry specific organizations of women owned
This site provides tables of contents for
Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) magazine, a bimonthly publication
for and about minority and women business owners.
This webzine provides information on government
funding, home based businesses, and how to market your business on the
This online version of Working Mother
magazine provides reports on news, trends, information, people, and issues
that affect working women.
The Advancing Women Business Center provides
information, resources and tools for starting a new business.
Designed to be a "one stop shopping" site combined
the resources of the SBA and over 80 SBA affiliated women's resource
centers nation-wide. Here you will find information about everything from
how to start your business to how to operate in the global market place.
It has been specifically designed for business women but will be of
interest to all entrepreneurs. Includes sections on Business Basics,
Networking, News, etc.
This web page, assembled by an independent
consultant, links to
resources for small, minority, women-owned and other disadvantaged
businesses, information on
how to get a
government grant, links to
government agency offices of small and disadvantaged business, and has
business plans and proposals.
This section of the American Federation of
Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) web site provides statistics
on the wage gap.
Presents 28 tables of employment and unemployment data from two
sources, the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Local
Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. The 159-page report may be
downloaded in its entirety or by table in .pdf format.
The Glass Ceiling Commission (1991-1996) was a
federally funded commission which considered the "invisible, artificial
barriers that prevent qualified individuals from advancing within their
organization and reaching full potential." The Catherwood Library at
Cornell University has electronically archived the
reports and findings of the commission, as well as a host of
papers written on the Glass Ceiling Commission.
Using the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) this
report finds that, in 2000, median weekly earnings for women were 76
percent of those for their male counterparts, a gap that varies
considerably by demographic group and state.
Includes data in aggregated format for major
geographic areas and by industry group for private employers (employers
with 100 or more employees or federal contractors with 50 or more
This report shows changes in characteristics of first time mothers
since the 1960's that are related to likelihood of employment during
Part of the Economic Census, the Surveys provide
economic data on businesses owned by women, blacks, Latinos, Asians and
Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Alaska natives. The published
data cover number of firms, gross receipts, number of paid employees, and
annual payroll. The data are presented by geographic area, industry, size
of firm, and legal form of organization. This site provides data reports
from the 1992 and 1997 Economic Censuses.
Occupations of Employed Women, 2003 Annual Averages
This is an October 1998 statistical report about
women-owned businesses prepared by the U.S. Small Business
Administration's Office of Advocacy.
Analyzed key characteristics of women and men in
management positions, identified how women were represented in management
positions compared to their representation in all positions within
particular industries, and identified salary differentials between men and
women in full-time management positions.
The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau,
established by Congress in 1920, is the only federal agency mandated to
represent the needs of wage-earning women in the public policy process.
The site provides information by
Top 20 Requested Items,
A 79-page pdf of a GAO report to Congress.
Though the full report is only available for
purchase, the United Nations Statistical Division, publisher of the
report, has provided many of the statistical tables and some "executive
summaries" of the report. The tables are available at
and include Unemployment rate, Part-time employment, Maternity leave
benefits, Indicators of economic activity, Percentage distribution of the
labour force by status in employment, and Women administrative and
The Business Women's Network, a division of Public
Affairs Group, Inc., provides "women with the real tools for financial
success". The Women on the Web Portal and the resources included in
the "Enhancing your business" section are particularly useful.
The goal of the Center for Women and Information Technology, located at
the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is to promote women's
involvement in the IT industry.
"The official website of Seton Hill University's National Education
Center for Women in Business! With a focus on entrepreneurship, e-magnify
offers convenient access to a unique mix of business resources,
educational offerings, articles, and practical advice to help women of all
ages learn, network, grow, and succeed."
A nice collection of links.
Includes research reports (pdf documents) on such topics as status of
women in the 50 states, paid family leave, effects of welfare reform on
homelessness, gender gap in pension coverage, etc.
This report, issued by the Manpower Research Demonstration Corporation
(MRDC), details the experiences of working mothers who were formerly on
welfare. The report is drawn from survey data and ethnographic interviews
collected by the Project on Devolution and Urban Change.
This site describes a manuscript collection at the
Harvard Business School's Baker Library. Along with
descriptions of the collections, the site also offers a sample of
digitized manuscripts and a
This site on Women and Business was chosen as a selection for the now defunct Scout Report for Business & Economics (May 18, 2000), the premier biweekly collection of useful Internet sites for researchers, educators, and students in business and economics.
University Library, California State University, Long Beach, California
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