Women's Groups 2013 - Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)

Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)

Purpose of the group

BPW’s mission is to support and actively promote personal development, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience. It also aims to empower women to lobby for issues affecting women, with a focus on work. BPW lobbies business and government at all levels, including at the United Nations where Special Category Status is held. Members regularly attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. In Western Australia, clubs in metropolitan and regional areas provide members with support, mentoring, networking opportunities and regular meetings with guest speakers and workshops to advance knowledge and skills.

BPW aims to unite business and professional women to:

  • work for women’s economic independence, equal opportunity and representation in economic, civil and political life
  • encourage and support women and girls to develop their professional and leadership potential and undertake lifelong education and training using their abilities for the benefit of others, locally, nationally and internationally
  • advocate for the elimination of all discrimination against women and for human rights and the use of gender-sensitive perspectives
  • undertake worldwide networking and cooperation between business and professional women
  • undertake non-profit projects that help women gain economic independence
  • present the views of business and professional women to international organisations and agencies, business, governments and civil society.

Early members included lawyers, academics, teachers, nurses, business owners and other professionals. Today women can join BPW as individuals, corporate members or student members. There is also a Young BPW for women under 35.

Time period

BPW International was formed in 1919 and BPW Perth was founded in 1946. The first Australian BPW club was in Melbourne in 1925. In 1947, an Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs was formed.

Key achievements

Campaigns undertaken by BPW include ‘say no to domestic violence’ and ‘equal pay day’ which raises awareness about the gender pay gap between male and female wages. BPW undertakes lobbying on many issues including flexible employment, paid parental leave, sexual exploitation and tax issues for women.

Key people and positions in the group

  • Clara Behrend—founder
  • Margaret Battye—inaugural president
  • Jean Randell – international representative
  • Jasmyn Mumme—current president (2013).


  • Website: http://www.bpw.com.au/clubs/wa
  • Information provided by Jasmyn Mumme.

Article Index
Women's Groups 2013
Abortion Law Repeal Association/Association for the Legal Right to Abortion (ALRA)
American Women's Club of Perth (AWC)
Association of Civilian Widows of WA Inc
Australian College of Midwives WA Branch (ACM)
Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)
Beta Sigma Phi
Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)
Catholic Women’s League of Western Australia (Inc)
Chrysalis House Women's Refuge
Cine-Matrix: Women in Film and Television WA
Cockburn Women’s Peace Camp
Combined Equal Pay Committee/WA Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity
Community Midwifery WA
Country Women’s Association (CWA)
Domestic Violence Action Group (Geraldton)
Emily’s List
Equal Opportunity Law Reform Coalition
Fremantle Women’s Health Centre (FWHC)
Girl Guides WA
Graduate Women Western Australia (GWWA)/Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) Western Australia
Grapevine/Perth Wimmin’s Collective
Gretel Club of Perth (Inc)
Harvest Guild
Incest Survivors Association (Inc.)
Inner Wheel Australia
Inside Out Project
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
Kalgoorlie Auxiliary of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Karrakatta Club
Labor Women’s Association
Lespar Library
Living Child Inc.—Safe Village Births
Lutheran Women WA
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Mining Mums
Modern Women's Club
Mothers’ Union Australia
Movement for the Ordination of Women
Muslim Women’s Support Centre of WA (Inc)
National Council of Women of Western Australia (previously known as West Australian National Council of Women and Western Australian National Council of Women)
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia—WA section (NCJWA)
Nintirri Centre
Older Women’s Network (OWN WA)
Penguin Club
Perth Ionian Club
Polyhymnia Reading Group
Rape Crisis Line
Rural Remote Regional Women’s Network (RRR)
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective
Society of Women Writers WA
Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Starick Services Inc
Status of Women Committee WA—Australian Labor Party
Tradeswomen on the Move
UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter
Union of Australian Women—WA Branch
V.I.E.W. Western Australia
West Australian Women’s Society of Fine Arts and Crafts
War Widows’ Guild
Warrawee Women’s Refuge
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
West Australian Housewives’ Association (Inc)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women in Media
Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Western Australia
Women in Education Coalition
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA)
Women in Sailing (WIS)
Women in Sport Committee of the Western Australian Sports Council
Women in Technology WA (Inc) (WiTWA)
Women Lawyers of Western Australia (Inc) (WLWA)
Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)
Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)
Women’s Advisory Council (WAC)
Women’s Broadcasting Cooperative
Women’s Committee of State School Teachers’ Union WA Executive
Women's Committee of the Waterside Workers Federation
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)/Women’s Refuge Group of WA (WRG)
Women’s Health and Family Services/Women’s Health Care House/Perth Women’s Centre/Women’s Health Service
Women’s Information Service (WIS)
Women’s Interest Network
Women in Engineering WA (WIE WA)
Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)
Women’s Liberation
Women’s Service Guilds
Women’s Studies Group
Yanay Yanma
YWCA of Perth
Zonta International
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