Happy Memorial Day from NAWRB!

Nationwide, Americans will be celebrating Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th.  Observed the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a holiday honoring the women and men who have died in military service for the United States. Memorial Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1971, and was originally known as Decoration Day in the years following the American Civil War. Americans commemorate the day by attending memorials and cemeteries, holding parades and hosting neighborhood barbecues.

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Minority Women-Owned Businesses Have Grown 163 Percent Since 2007

The 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express provides detailed information and statistics regarding women business owners in the United States, including minority women’s gains in entrepreneurship and challenges they continue to face.

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Senator Kamala Harris Proposes Equal Pay Certification for Large Companies

Women who work full time are paid about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, which adds up to over $400,000 in missed wages over a woman’s career. For minority women, the loss is about $1 million in missed wages, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

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AREAA Releases 2019 State of Asia America Report

The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) just released the 2019 State of Asia America Report, which provides a thorough profile of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPIs)communities residing in the United States. The report provides information on the education, homeownership rates, economic impact, consumerism and other important topics on this often underrepresented and misrepresented segment of the population.

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Mother’s Day 2019

On Sunday, May 12th, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day, a national holiday honoring mothers and motherhood. Mother’s Day was first organized by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, WV and Philadelphia, PA on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration gained popularity, Jarvis requested that Congress officially recognize a day to honor mothers. In 1914 Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

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DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity

DiversityInc just announced their annual list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity for 2019. Over 1,800 companies participated in a survey to evaluate the performance of their diversity-management initiatives in the context of their own industries. The four key areas under evaluation were talent pipeline, talent development, leadership accountability and supplier diversity. See below for the companies that outperformed the competition in diversity.

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NWBC Report Profiles Rural Women Entrepreneurs

The National Women’s Business Council recently released the report Rural Women Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities, which provides insight into the dynamics and trends of rural women who own their businesses. It not only highlights opportunities and challenges rural women face in entrepreneurship compared to rural men and non-rural women, but also suggests areas for further research and policy examination to help empower this group through business ownership.

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Bill to Increase Student Diversity in STEM Through Grant Program

Senator Kamala Harris introduced a new bill titled the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act, which aims to help underrepresented communities gain access to educational materials, mentorships and work experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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