Aims and Ambitions

"Each woman, as a citizen, must bring to the national policy of her own country, the contribution of forward-looking and constructive thought followed by determined action. Each woman must dedicate herself to protect and promote the interests of all other women in business and the professions." 


"Develop women’s professional and leadership potential at all levels", with the determination that our effort will lead to "Equal Participation of Women and Men in Power and Decision-Making Roles".

The official Aims of BPW International are included as Article II of our Constitution. Clubs are encouraged to have a member read out the Aims at each meeting. However, sometimes a shorter form of the Aims is needed, especially if they are to be read out at a public event.

Past President Antoinette Ruegg wrote a short version during her term as BPW International President which was accepted as the official short form of the Aims. This is as follows:

The main aim of BPW is to develop the professional and leadership potential of women at all levels.BPW members:·

  • take professional responsibility on all levels in the economy, politics and society
  • think and act locally, nationally and internationally
  • engage in networking, mentoring and lobbying
  • enjoy life-long learning
  • work with the United Nations and other international organisations
  • develop multicultural friendships.

Members are also encouraged to use President Benham’s mission statement under their email signature. This is how our President describes BPW in a “New York minute” – and members can use this brief statement to explain who and what is BPW when they meet someone who knows little about our organisation. This may be at an official event when you are introduced to someone, when you make a presentation on behalf of BPW to another organisation, or even in an elevator to an interested stranger! You can use this statement in your curriculum vitae (resume) when you detail your experience in BPW.

President Liz Benham’s mission statement is:

BPW International develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and our economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.

Read the Blog about Lena Madesin Phillips written by Peg Nichols (Click here)