Membership Luncheons

Join us for a monthly luncheon meeting of the general membership. Usually held on the first Thursday of the month at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House, we have a fast paced hour that includes a speaker on a topic relevant to working women and a little business while we enjoy a delicious lunch. Guests are welcome but advance reservations are recommended.


Signature Events

Vital to our mission for women’s workplace equity through advocacy, education and information are events enjoyed by the larger Tampa Bay Area community like our Unhappy Hour observance of Equal Pay Day in April, our Working Women’s Forum during National Business Women’s Week in October and our annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day in August.


Member Meet Ups

Fun and fellowship with no agenda is our goal when we choose a different location around southern Pinellas to gather on the 4th Thursday evening of the month. Enjoy getting to know each other better with the flexibility of showing up and leaving as it suits your schedule. If you have a suggested location or would like to join in, we’d love to hear about it.


The Economic Forecast for 2022
Preparing for Challenges Facing Working Women

Join us on Thursday, December 2 as we welcome Dr. Linda Lucas to lead a discussion on a variety of topics affecting working women in our shifting economy. Women’s participation in the workforce has dropped as many women have left the market, others are prioritizing mental health, some have renegotiated contracts with partners about who will be the earner in the family, some want higher pay or safer working environments-hours and benefits are totally negotiable now and access to child care is a huge determinant of a mother’s ability to work. On top of all that there are industry disruptions where women have traditionally dominated eg. medical institutions, education, service and this affects retirement and women’s ability to support themselves into old age. We are at the highest level of single households ever recorded. Do you have questions you’d like to address? Email them to us before the meeting at


Dr. Linda E. Lucas, longtime friend of BPW, taught economics and women’s studies in universities and colleges around the world including Eckerd College, the University of South Florida, the University of Notre Dame as well as in Mexico City, Bangkok, Thailand and Kampala Uganda. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii and has published extensively in her fields including her book, Unpacking Globalization: Markets, Gender and Work.


Linda has been awarded three Fulbright fellowships, a Fellowship at the East West Center, teaching awards and is Professor Emerita of Economics at Eckerd College and Retired Assistant Dean of Special Projects in the Honors College at the University of South Florida (Tampa). She is a founding member of the International Association for Feminist Economics.


Linda is also active in local voter outreach campaigns. Last year she published her first poem.  She has two adult children and one grandchild.

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Over 100 Years Strong

While mobilizing for World War I, the U.S. Government recognized the need for a cohesive group to coordinate identification of women’s available skills and experience.

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BPW Florida – There From The Start

The Florida Federation of Business and Professional Womens Clubs, Inc. was one of the first statewide BPW organizations in existence and continues to unite local organizations by setting our public policy platform, supporting the development of new and existing local organizations and creating opportunities for members to connect with like minded individuals from around the state of Florida.

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Locally Our Organization Started in the 1960s

Our state federation, BPW/Florida may have started at the beginning but our local was founded in 1966 as Mid-Day BPW because we met for lunch instead of the evening like most clubs.

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BPW Florida Public Policy Platform

Equality for All

BPW/FL members acknowledge the fundamental equality of all persons and are devoted to the defense of their inherent dignity. We believe in fairness and inclusion so that all have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. We protect our communities and our liberties, ensuring peace, justice, freedom, and humanity. We believe that the rights of women require constant vigilance and a thorough examination of laws to eliminate those that harm women disproportionately. Therefore, BPW/FL supports legislation that calls for equality for all, including but not limited to, passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, which states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Economic Equity, Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency

BPW/FL supports legislation which assists women in obtaining pay equity and equal employment opportunities; promotes opportunities for women-owned business; encourages women-owned business to compete at the local, state and federal governmental levels; promotes affordable, quality dependent care to help ensure economic self-sufficiency for women; and, supports social security reform options that benefit women.

Safe Workplace

BPW supports legislation that creates a safe workplace; a workplace free from violence, harassment and assault. We support legislative funding and education that will ensure workplaces are free from all forms of violence, harassment and assault.

Health Care

BPW/FL supports legislation that ensures reproductive choice and full access to all reproductive health education and services, including prescriptions. We support legislative funding and initiatives for women’s health care needs, with special emphasis on heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and breast cancer early detection, treatment and recovery. We support the expansion of affordable care in Florida, recognizing that working women and their families have the largest need for affordable and accessible health care.


BPW/FL supports responsible legislation that ensures clean air, water, soil and energy. We support legislative funding that will ensure the continuation of clean air, water, soil and energy and specific interactions with the environment. We support these environmental concerns as they relate to women’s health, wealth and well-being and recognizing the large impact the environment has on them individually and their families.