Governor Laura Kelly today visited woman-owned Salon Chemistry in Wichita and signed a proclamation in recognition of National Business Women’s Week.

“Women-owned businesses make meaningful contributions to our economy, our culture, and our communities,” Governor Kelly said. “Kansas’ many workingwomen deserve our recognition during National Business Women’s Week, and every week, for their outstanding achievements throughout our state’s history.”  

The proclamation details that working women constitute 75.9 million of the nation’s workforce, and almost 57.1% of United States workers are women. Additionally, women-owned businesses account for 36% of all U.S. businesses, generating $2.5 trillion in sales.

During Friday’s visit, Governor Kelly also learned about Salon Chemistry’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies and applauded owners for keeping their customers and employees safe.

“Hair salons and other personal service industry establishments have always embraced diligent sanitation practices, but they have ramped up their efforts during the pandemic – including by requiring all customers to wear masks,” Governor Kelly said. “Because of these efforts, no COVID-19 outbreaks have been associated with one of these businesses. Salon Chemistry and all hair salons and barber shops statewide have proved that by wearing masks, we can protect each other and our economy.”

Read the proclamation here.

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