Given our recent celebration of the 99th anniversary of women’s right to vote (and the upcoming 2020 election), it’s time we really make equality for women happen!  NAWBO San Diego continues to advocate for women’s equality. Felena Hanson, President of San Diego’s local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, was recently interviewed on the topic. Watch the interview.

Women in the Workforce - KUSI Interview with Felena Hanson - NAWBO San Diego
NAWBO is a national organization, which promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through local networking & educational events. We leverage our unified voice to advocate for the needs of women at the state and federal level, which includes topics like access to capital and government contracting opportunities.

Learn more about advocacy at NAWBO San Diego. 

45 years ago, women couldn't even get a credit card or loan in their name without a male co-signer. Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974. Can you believe it? Click To Tweet

We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go!

Some interesting facts:

  • According to the Gates foundation, if nothing changes in our current system, we will no reach full gender parity for another 208 years.
  • $28 trillion could be added to the global GDP if we achieve full gender equality by 2025, reports the McKinsey Global Institute.

Additionally, several advocacy issues are at the top of NAWBO San Diego’s list. These include:

  • Workplace – Affordable health care and paid family leave must be more accessible. It is also imperative to address significant leadership gaps at the C-level & board level.
  • Government Contracting – Allocation of federal contracts to be performed and/or fulfilled by small businesses, particularly women-owned businesses, must increase. Currently, only 5% of federals contracts go to women-owned business.
  • Advocacy + Community Involvement – There is a need for more women to use that right to get involved in their communities and legislature and to commit e to continuously advocate for equality.