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Welcome to Women and Business, part of WGSSLinks, developed and maintained by the
Women & Gender Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Associations/Organizations/Centers | Biographies of Prominent Business Women

Directories of Women Owned Businesses | Newsletters and Journals

  Resources for Business Start Ups | Statistical Sources

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It is important to note that many of the associations listed here provide only limited access to non-members.  When useful free content is available on the association's web site, it is so noted.  If no content is described, one can assume that the web site is essentially an "electronic membership brochure".

American Business Women's Association (ABWA)

ABWA's stated mission is "to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition". The web site lists ABWA events, educational programs, conference schedule, member information, and career resources.

Asian Women in Business (AWIB)

AWIB is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1995 to assist Asian women to realize their entrepreneurial potential. AWIB fills a vital need for women who need information, education and networking opportunities to start or expand their businesses.

The Association of Women Professionals  (AWP)

AWP is a "women's organization dedicated to assisting women in expanding their networks, finding opportunities and developing their skills."

Business and Professional Women USA (BPW)

In addition to services provided to members, this site provides access to the full text of the latest issues of BW (Business Woman) Magazine and 101 Facts on the Status of Working Women


Catalyst is a nonprofit organization working to advance women in business and the professions. This research organization has systematically tracked women's progress in the workplace and publishes this information on the web site. Its web site offers articles, and news related to its mission, and also provides links to useful web sites for professional women.  Catalyst also offers for sale numerous studies on women and business.  You can register with Catalyst to receive periodic e-mail alerts about additions to the web site.

Center for Women's Business Research

Founded as the National Foundation of Women Business Owners (NFWBO) this site provides "original, groundbreaking research to document the economic and social contributions of women-owned firms, and consulting and public relations services to maximize the benefits of this knowledge". 

The Center for Women and Work (CWW) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell

Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, this site describes the Center's mission and activities and provides a very useful "Virtual Library" of annotated links in more than twenty categories relating to women and work.

Executive Women International

This nonprofit professional women's organization was established in 1938. According to the web site the membership is consists of 3500 companies and 5000 representatives with 85 chapters in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. 

Feminist Majority Foundation - Professional Women's Organizations

Provides a page of information about Professional Women's Organizations.  Where web pages for the organizations are available, links are provided

National Association of Female Executives (NAFE)

NAFE is the largest (200,000 members) businesswomen's association in the United States. Provides information about membership, links to business resources, information about women in the workplace, and job resources.

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs

Provides very basic information about the Association.

National Business Women's Council

"The National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan Federal government advisory panel, was reauthorized by Congress in 1997 [Public Law 105-135].  It was created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, the Congress, and the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise, its public sector counterpart on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The members of the National Women’s Business Council are prominent women business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations. The mission of the Council is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women’s business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces."

Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)

OWIT is a non-profit professional organization designed to provide networking and educational opportunities for women in international trade. 

US Women's Chamber of Commerce

This nonprofit membership organization (for business and career women) is dedicated to developing leaders, accelerating economic growth, and providing a community voice for women.

Women's Business Centers

"Each women’s business center provides assistance and/or training in finance, management, marketing, procurement and the Internet, as well addressing specialized topics such as home-based businesses, corporate executive down sizing and welfare-to-work. All provide individual business counseling and access to the SBA’s programs and services; a number are also intermediaries for the SBA’s MicroLoan and  Loan Prequalification programs."  There is an index by state to the directory information for each business center which includes email addresses and web addresses (as available).

Yahoo: Women's Organizations

This Yahoo sub-directory is useful for identifying smaller, regional or local, and/or industry specific organizations.

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Biographies of Prominent Business Women

Distinguished Women Past and Present: Business and Finance

Provides biographical sketches of prominent women.  Links are provided to additional off site profiles. The site also provides a name search and a subject search so that you can quickly determine whether there is a profile (in any category of achievement) for the person or field in which you are interested.

Silicon Salley

According to the web site, they wish to "become the one-stop resource for all things woman and computer."  Has a collection of interviews and profiles of women in the computer industry.

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Directories of Women Owned (or Managed) Business

There seems to be no comprehensive web based directory of women owned businesses and certainly nothing comparable to print resources such as the Dun and Bradstreet Women-Owned Business Directory: Top U.S. Women-Owned Businesses or the National Directory of Woman Owned Business Firms.  Check with your area public or university library to see if these directories are available.


This site offers a variety of resources for women who own businesses or would like to, including articles offering advice and information on business startups, growth, and coming soon (as of 6/05) a portal to locate women owned businesses.

Yahoo: Women Owned Business

This Yahoo sub-directory is useful for identifying smaller, regional, and/or industry specific organizations of women owned businesses.

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Newsletters & Journals


This site provides tables of contents for Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) magazine, a bimonthly publication for and about minority and women business owners.  

Women's Work

This webzine provides information on government funding, home based businesses, and how to market your business on the internet.

Working Mother

This online version of Working Mother magazine provides reports on news, trends, information, people, and issues that affect working women. 

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Resources for Business Start Ups

Advancing Women Business Center

The Advancing Women Business Center provides information, resources and tools for starting a new business. 

Digital Women

Resources for women in business, including free subscriptions to their e-newsletter, mailing list, articles, and advice.

Online Women's Business Center

Designed to be a "one stop shopping" site combined the resources of the SBA and over 80 SBA affiliated women's resource centers nation-wide.  Here you will find information about everything from how to start your business to how to operate in the global market place. It has been specifically designed for business women but will be of interest to all entrepreneurs.  Includes sections on Business Basics, Networking,  News, etc.

Small, Minority and Women Owned Business

This web page, assembled by an independent consultant, links to general resources for small, minority, women-owned and other disadvantaged businesses, information on how to get a government grant, links to U. S. government agency offices of small and disadvantaged business, and has information on business plans and proposals.

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Statistical Sources

Equal Pay

This section of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) web site  provides statistics on the wage gap.

Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, 1999

Presents 28 tables of employment and unemployment data from two sources, the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. The 159-page report may be downloaded in its entirety or by table in .pdf format. 

Glass Ceiling Commission

The Glass Ceiling Commission (1991-1996) was a federally funded commission which considered the "invisible, artificial barriers that prevent qualified individuals from advancing within their organization and reaching full potential."  The Catherwood Library at Cornell University has electronically archived the reports and findings of the commission, as well as a host of  papers written on the Glass Ceiling Commission.

Highlights of Women's Earnings in 2000

Using the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS) this report finds that, in 2000, median weekly earnings for women were 76 percent of those for their male counterparts, a gap that varies considerably by demographic group and state.

Job Patterns for Minorities and Women in Private Industry (EEO-1)

Includes data in aggregated format for major geographic areas and by industry group for private employers (employers with 100 or more employees or federal contractors with 50 or more employees).

Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns, 1961-1995

This report shows changes in characteristics of first time mothers since the 1960's that are related to likelihood of employment during pregnancy.

Surveys of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises

Part of the Economic Census, the Surveys provide economic data on businesses owned by women, blacks, Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Alaska natives. The published data cover number of firms, gross receipts, number of paid employees, and annual payroll. The data are presented by geographic area, industry, size of firm, and legal form of organization. This site provides data reports from the 1992 and 1997 Economic Censuses.

Twenty Leading Occupations of Employed Women, 2003 Annual Averages

From the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor.

Women in Business, October 1998

This is an October 1998 statistical report about women-owned businesses prepared by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.

Women in Management: Analysis of Current Population Survey Data

Analyzed key characteristics of women and men in management positions, identified how women were represented in management positions compared to their representation in all positions within particular industries, and identified salary differentials between men and women in full-time management positions.

Women's Bureau, U. S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, established by Congress in 1920, is the only federal agency mandated to represent the needs of wage-earning women in the public policy process.  The site provides information by Topic, Audience, Top 20 Requested Items, Form, Organization, and Location.

Women's Earnings: Work Patterns Partially Explain Differences Between Men's and Women's Earnings

A 79-page pdf of a GAO report to Congress.

World's Women 2000: Trends and Statistics

Though the full report is only available for purchase, the United Nations Statistical Division, publisher of the report, has provided many of the statistical tables and some "executive summaries" of the report.  The tables are available at http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd/ww2000/tables.htm and include Unemployment rate, Part-time employment, Maternity leave benefits, Indicators of economic activity, Percentage distribution of the labour force by status in employment, and Women administrative and managerial workers.

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Meta Sites/Miscellaneous Sites/Search Engines

Business Women Network Interactive

The Business Women's Network, a division of Public Affairs Group, Inc., provides "women with the real tools for financial success". The Women on the Web Portal and the resources included in the "Enhancing your business" section are particularly useful.

Center for Women and Information Technology

The goal of the Center for Women and Information Technology, located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is to promote women's involvement in the IT industry.


"The official website of Seton Hill University's National Education Center for Women in Business! With a focus on entrepreneurship, e-magnify offers convenient access to a unique mix of business resources, educational offerings, articles, and practical advice to help women of all ages learn, network, grow, and succeed."

Feminist Majority Foundation -- Women and Work

A nice collection of links.

Institute for Women's Policy Research

Includes research reports (pdf documents) on such topics as status of women in the 50 states, paid family leave, effects of welfare reform on homelessness, gender gap in pension coverage, etc.

Is Work Enough? The Experiences of Current and Former Welfare Mothers Who Work

This report, issued by the Manpower Research Demonstration Corporation (MRDC), details the experiences of working mothers who were formerly on welfare. The report is drawn from survey data and ethnographic interviews collected by the Project on Devolution and Urban Change.

Women, Enterprise and Society: A Guide to Resources in the Business Manuscripts Collection at Baker Library

This site describes a manuscript collection at the Harvard Business School's Baker Library. Along with detailed descriptions of the collections, the site also offers a sample of digitized manuscripts and a bibliography.

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This site on Women and Business was chosen as a selection for the now defunct Scout Report for Business & Economics (May 18, 2000), the premier biweekly collection of useful Internet sites for researchers, educators, and students in business and economics.

University Library, California State University, Long Beach, California
Originally created by: Sara B. Sluss
URL: http://libr.org/wgss/wgsslinks/business.html
Last updated: June 13, 2006

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