Our Founder: Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips

In 1951 the LEB.P.W. came of age and Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, looking back to 1930, made this appraisal: "Common danger had not then, as it has now, taught the peoples of all nations the necessity of international understanding and cooperation. . ."

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Our History

The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 26, 1930, on the initiative of Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips. As President of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs of the United States of America, she organized several "Goodwill Tours" to Europe in 1928 and 1929.

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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." 

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