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Prepared by Gail Redmann, February 23, 1993; Prepared for the Web by Nancy Birk, November 25, 1996; Last Updated: December 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1926-1983
Extent: 1.33 cubic feet (1 record storage box and 1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Historical Note: The National Federation of Business and Professional Women was organized in St. Louis, Missouri in July, 1919. Ohio representatives were charter members of the national federation, and organized their own state federation in Columbus in 1920. Over the years, the national and state federations have advocated social and legislative action to promote equality for women in the workplace. The organization has been a staunch supporter of an Equal Rights Amendment since the 1930s, and has taken a strong position on other women's issues, such as wage equity, child care, sexual harassment, and displaced homemaker assistance.
The Kent Business and Professional Women's Club held its first regular meeting and annual election on January 12, 1926. Through the sponsorship of the Cleveland and Warren chapters of the Ohio Federation, the Kent chapter was chartered on 14 April 1929 with fourteen charter members. The Kent club has provided both informational and recreational programs for its members, and has been active in national, state, and district activities. In addition, club members have been involved in civic projects, such as promoting improvements to Kent's public health department, and sponsoring the Kentway Retirement Center.
Arrangement: The records of the Kent Business and Professional Women's Club, 1926-83 are arranged in five series:
Series I, Administrative Records
Contribution Statement (for Nat'l headquarters), c1955
Series II, Membership Records
Series III, Programs, Projects, and Publications
Series IV, Scrapbooks
Series V, National, Regional, State, & District Club Materials