Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Professionals’ Day
by Lisa Hamilton
Administrative Professionals’ Day, sometimes called Admin Day or Secretaries’ Day, recognizes and applauds the roles of secretaries, receptionists, assistants, and similar administrative professionals in support roles.
It is always celebrated on a Wednesday, during Administrative Professionals’ Week, which is the last full week in April.
Origins of Administrative Professionals’ Day
The holiday originated as part of an effort to encourage people to enter the field of professional administration and to counteract the shortage of administrative personnel that arose during World War II. Although it began as a way to inspire careers as administrative professionals, more recently it has faced criticism for singling out and demeaning workers in administrative support roles.
The official period of celebration was first established in 1952, by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles W. Sawyer, with support from the National Secretaries Association. Originally, the week was called National Secretaries Week, and spanned from June 1st to June 7th of that year; the Wednesday of that week, June 4th, was specially designated National Secretaries Day. The week-long observance was designed to space out bookings and restaurants and other establishments where administrative professionals would be taken to lunch.
Four years later, in 1955, the observance of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week in April, with the Wednesday of that week designated Administrative Professionals’ Day. In 1981, the name of the week was changed to Professional Secretaries Week; this paralleled the rename of the National Secretaries Association to Professional Secretaries International during the same year.
In 1998, the organization’s name was changed again to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Following this, the holiday’s name was changed to Administrative Professionals Week in 2000.
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About IAAP, International Association of Administrative Professionals
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