Day seven of the Great New York State Fair was Women's Day. There were lots of activities for women to take part in on the grounds, including a mini fair. Our Iris St. Meran spoke with organizations that were a part of it about how they're supporting and empowering women.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- It was all about women on Wednesday. In addition to celebrating them, there was a mini fair at the Chevy Court Pavilion providing valuable information on a number of topics including health care, domestic violence support and starting a business.
"We're talking about the excitement about the fact that more than 8.3 million women own their own businesses in our nation today. And they're generating $1.3 trillion in revenue every year," said Joanne Lenweaver, WISE Women's Business Center Director.
The WISE Women's Business Center meets women entrepreneurs to discuss anything from business to professional development. New York State Women, Inc. is a statewide organization that provides mentoring and professional development services, as well as advocating for a number of women's issues like pay equity.
"For every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 77 cents. So one of our major legislative issues for years has been pay equity legislation that would help to ensure that women are equally paid for equal work done," said Amy Kellogg, New York State Women, Inc. President.
Although these women's groups have different missions and serve a different purpose, they're coming together at the pavilion on Women's Day for the same reason instilling a sense of camaraderie.
Lenweaver said, "I think we all believe women are a unique portion of our population. We do a great job to not only help women from an educational standpoint like we do, but also a health care standpoint."
And everything in between.