As an active business woman in Rockville, Maryland, Mary
joined the Rockville Chapter of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club,
Inc. of the United States of America (BPW).
She is shown here at a meeting of BPW with other local
Mary joined BPW in 1990, soon
after becoming a citizen of the United States. She quickly became
Chairman of the International Night featuring a very special guest speaker
Mahnaz Afkhami, Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies.
Ms. Afkhami also served as
Consultant on Women and Development in Palo Alto, CA; Minister of
State for Women's Affairs, Government of Iran; Secretary General, Women's
Organization of Iran; Chairman of the English Department, National
University of Iran; and Lecturer at the University of Colorado. In
addition she has authored many publications
BPW focuses on several critical issues for women:
BPW is aware that pay Equity conter-acts the affects of sex
and race discrimination by using objective standards for evaluating salary
levels and ensures women equal pay for equal work.
BPW recognizes employers who have been responsive to working
women, and awards outstanding individuals who have recognized women by
encouraging full participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency.
BPW is cognizant of the changes in economics,
lifestyles and ideals that have changed the structure of the modern family
and works to accommodate those changes.
BPW focuses on including women in the political process to
ensure their concerns are addressed and their voices heard.