Our History

BPW Bowmanville was first chartered in 1955.  As a charter member in BPW Ontario, BPW Canada and BPW International our members automatically become a part of a global network of business and professional women in more than 100 countries around the world. Our International Federation has held a Category 1 Consultative Status at the United Nations since 1947.

We are a non-sectarian, non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to improve economic, political, social and employment conditions for working women in Ontario, Canada. We provide a training ground for developing leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment, allowing members to build networks and create lasting friendships.

We have been recognized for many projects over the years, from our Women's Empowerment Principles, to our Equal Pay Day, and our fight against human trafficking. Organizations such as the UN and foreign governments from all over the world have acknowledged and shared their appreciation for all that we have done and continue to do. Our mission, vision, values and principles guide us to our ultimate goal.

Join us today in making history and help us create a better tomorrow for all.

Remembering Our History:

As BPW women, we celebrate our past and honour our sisters who came before us. We acknowledge the struggles they faced and know that it is a result of their commitment to advance equality for all that women are where they are today.  

On the 75th anniversary of the “Persons” case, (2004) long-time BPW member Kathy Laing, wrote this article about the Famous Five and the “Persons Case”

For more information on the history of BPW in Canada, click here and BPW International, click here.