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About BPW Ireland

Connecting, Supporting and Advocating for Women in Ireland Since 1961

The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers

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Women Supporting Women

BPW Ireland is a vibrant membership-based organisation dedicated to the support, advocacy and development of professional and businesswomen based in Ireland. 

BPW Ireland members are women in business and the professions, who come together to learn from each other, support each other, advocate for women generally whilst learning from and enjoying the company of other fantastic females. 


Membership is open to women who are either in the workforce or have been in the workforce (retired, career-break.), whether employed or self-employed. There is no age limit or barrier to membership.

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To read more about the BPW International and our history, click here

The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers

We are proud of our BPW History. BPW was founded in the USA 1919 as a direct response to significant numbers of women first entering the workforce during World War 1. US President Wilson commissioned a study for the status of women, asking Lena Madeson Philips to undertake the work. Out of her research, Lena recognised the real need for women to organise themselves and from this BPW was born. Lena was an extraordinary woman, in any era, but particularly in the early 20th Century, at a time when women did not even have the vote in the USA. Under her management, BPW US established rapidly, and was instrumental in achieving women’s suffrage there. Not content with a thriving organisation in the US alone, Lena wanted to share their success with women in Europe, eventually setting up BPW International in 1930 – so 2020 was our 90th International Birthday. By 1961, the first Irish Club was formed in Howth, Co. Dublin, with further Clubs quickly springing up in Ireland. BPW Ireland was a founder member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and lobbies for change in Ireland through this organisation. BPW Ireland has also maintained strong links with the wider BPW Community and through these links, has consultative status at the Council of Europe and the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Although BPW Ireland is relatively small, BPW’s combined voices and long history of advocacy for women, gives real power to make a difference.

BPW International is one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in over 100 countries in five continents. Its members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young business and professional women.

Our World-Wide Reach is what makes BPW different from other Womens’ Organisations.  We belong and contribute to the family of BPW International, influencing at a level where we can make the most difference.   BPW works with Governments and NGOs to achieve legal and systemic change which addresses issues of discrimination against women.  Together, we have significant leverage including consultative status with the Council of Europe and the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Please check out the work of BPW Europe and BPW International here.

If you are under 35 years, or just starting out on your business or career, there is a world of contacts to be made with similar younger BPW Members.  Please check it out at Young BPW Europe (  and and Young BPW Europe ( women.  

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