• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

American Business Women’s Day – Celebrating working women in America

Besides National Ice Cream Cone Day, Elephant Appreciation Day and Dear Diary Day, Sept. 22 is also American Business Women’s Day. This annual “holiday” celebrates and recognizes the millions of hard-working, dedicated women in America's work force.

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) was founded on this date in 1949. A joint resolution by the United States Congress designated Sept, 22 as "American Business Women's Day" and President Ronald Reagan established the annual event in 1986 due to the “significant and increasing contributions” working women have made to America’s economy and society. Companies and organizations around the nation will participate by hosting a variety of American Business Women's Day events.

While it's true we've come a long way over the years, the wage gap continues. Women still make less money compared to their male counterparts for the same work. According to the United States Census, women's earnings were "77.0 percent of men's in 2011."