October Awareness and Activism


October provides a chance to recognize and honor many issues that affect women and families. Learn how to speak up, spread awareness and get involved.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • LGBT History Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • National Work and Family Month
  • National Business Women’s Week during the third full week in October


National Business Women’s Week

The first observance of National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW) was proclaimed in April 1928 by the National Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) organization. BPW President Lena Madesin Phillips stated the purpose of the week was “to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world.” U.S. President Herbert Hoover issued a letter recognizing NBWW and the contributions and achievements of working women.

NBWW was moved to the third full week of October in 1938. It is not exclusive to BPW. Many organizations recognize the week to honor the contributions of working women. It does, unfortunately, appear to be disappearing from our recognitions. Some TBW local organizations (LOs) still honor women in their communities with banquets and award the “Woman of the Year” honor to a deserving woman.

Please share your NBWW activities with us by emailing info@tbwconnect.com or posting them on our Facebook page.


National Work and Family Month

National Work and Family Month is designated to communicate and celebrate the progress towards creating healthier and more flexible work environments and to remind employers of the business benefits of supporting work-life effectiveness programs.

The designation was first made by a U.S. Senate resolution in 2003. In 2010 President Barack Obama issued a statement on National Work and Family Month saying, “that while we have made great strides as a nation to adopt more flexible policies in the workplace, there’s more we can do.  …Because at the end of the day, attracting and retaining employees who are more productive and engaged through flexible workplace policies is not just good for business or for our economy – it’s good for our families and our future.”


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Have you had your mammogram yet this year? We all know breast cancer survivors and likely know somebody that breast cancer took from our lives too soon.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the risks of breast cancer, the importance of screening and early detection, and the treatment options available.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is 1 in 37 (about 2.7%). Statistics show that in 2017 more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 of them will die.

Early detection is the key to survival. Mammograms save lives. As scary as the statistics are, screening and increased awareness, along with advancements in treatment, have made a difference. A woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer has dropped 38% since the late 1980s.

Wear your pink ribbon, participate in the fundraising and awareness walks, and go get your mammogram!


National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), “domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.”

National Domestic Violence Month was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) in October 1981. The NCADV advocates for victims of domestic violence and believes the first step to stopping the pattern of violence is recognizing the signs of abuse.

In 2016, Illinois passed a law that all salon professionals must complete a training course to learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence and sexual assault, to offer constructive support for their clients, and to suggest resources for help.

The concept has been picked up around the world. A Google search shows training is taking place in Australia, the UK, and the United States, among other places. Cosmetologists Chicago offered the course at the America’s Beauty Show 2017 with good response from participants. Just last week, I saw a post in a McKinney TX Facebook group from a hairdresser about her training, how valuable she believes it could be, and how empowered she feels after the training.

The Illinois law was inspired by the spirit of camaraderie in hair salons. For some women, the salon is a place they can relax and enjoy the company of other women without the presence of men. It may be the only respite they get from the prying eyes of their abuser.

TBW meetings could also provide that respite. Learn the signs of abuse and be empowered to speak up, offer support to the victims, and, above all else, suggest she seek help. You could make a difference between life and death.