Currently topping the list of holidays you probably didn’t know existed: Single Working Women’s Week is being celebrated from Sunday, July 31 through Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
For many New Yorkers, every week is single working women’s week, so why bother celebrating such a thing at a seemingly random time in August?
Below are our thoughts on why single women in New York City have good reason to celebrate. But first, here’s a little information on how this holiday came to be.
Before Single Working Women’s Week was a thing, there was the Single Working Women’s Network, which was created by a group of women who got together and decided they wanted to celebrate “the unique contributions of single women to the world,” according to the network’s website.
Barbara Payne, who had been single for more than 25 years, founded SWWAN in 2006, the organization’s website says. Soon after, Single Working Women’s Day (Aug. 4) and Single Working Women’s Week were added to Chase’s Calendar of Events.
There are holidays to celebrate a myriad different roles in life, from motherhood to being a boss, and even a holiday dedicated to meteorologists. So why not celebrate being a hardworking single woman in today’s world?