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WPCNJ Mourns the Passing of Long-time Board Member Hon. Eileen Thornton

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The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of long-time Board Member Eileen Thornton, a staunch proponent of advancing women and a pioneer for women's political advocacy in the state. 

Eileen was a lifelong public servant who gave tirelessly throughout a career in state government. A leader in Mercer County Democratic politics, she was elected as a former Councilwoman in Hamilton and served as the President of the Hamilton Township Democratic Club at the time of her passing. Eileen was a gubernatorial appointee as a public member on the NJ Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Vice President of the Communications of America, Local 1036, Retiree Chapter, Development Committee Chairperson for Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County and member of the fundraising committee for the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey, member of the Mercer County WPCNJ Chapter, and Sunshine Foundation.

 

Eileen served three years as President of WPCNJ and Chairwoman of its PAC. She was also elected to the National Board and served on the Political Resources Committee and as Vice President of the Democratic Task Force.

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WPCNJ President Chrissy Buteas said, "New Jersey mourns the passing of Eileen Thornton, a tireless advocate and role model for young women, who long demonstrated that women have a seat at the table.  Eileen was a friend and mentor to many with a contagious passion and energy that will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with Eileen Thornton's family at this time."

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2017 Ready to Run Scholarships

The Education and Training Fund of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey is sponsoring a limited number of scholarships for our members who wish to attend the world class Center for American Women & Politics 2017 Ready to Run  conference being held March 10-11.  The conference provides training for potential candidates and campaign staff, as well as valuable information for those who want to know more about getting more women elected to office.  Whether you are ready to run, thinking of running, or wondering how you can help get more women elected, Ready to Run is for YOU!
 
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please email info@wpcnj.org with subject line "Ready to Run".  
 
* Open to WPCNJ members  in good standing as of scholarship application date. 
 
* Scholarship applications must be submitted according to instructions provided.
(Please note "WPCNJ" in the "How did you hear?" part of the registration form) 
 
*  Scholarship recipients are responsible for $25 of the registration fee.  Please make payment directly to CAWP to secure your reservation and scholarship.  


Scholarships are limited and will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.
 

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WPCNJ BOE member Patricia Teffenhart Keynote Speaker for Women's March Asbury Park

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                                                                                                                    Join WPCNJ board member Patricia Teffenhart, executive director NJCASA at Women's March Asbury Park on January 21st! Event starts at 12:00pm - Register here

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Join the March on New Jersey - Saturday, January 21

Join the Women's March on New Jersey on January 21st
Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, NJ
10:00 a.m.
*Seating for the event begins at 9:00 a.m. 
Early arrival is strongly encouraged due to the large turnout anticipated.
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Thank You - WPCNJ Passion * Power * Progress Awards Reception

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We would like to extend our congratulations to our honorees and thank our friends, sponsors & event committee members for their generous support of WPC's 2017 Passion Power Progress Awards Reception!

 The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey hosted its Annual Passion * Power * Progress Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.  The spirited event was a great success, honoring those whose leadership, civic involvement, and professional efforts have helped make New Jersey a better place for women.

 This year, WPCNJ was proud to present the following awards:

 
Mary Philbrook Award
Mary Patricia Keefe, Esq.
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Business Support
Elizabethtown Gas
 
Good Guy Awards
Vin Gopal
Chairman, Monmouth County Democrats
&
John Traier
Chairman, Passaic County Republicans
 
Corporate Award
MZM Construction Company, Inc.
President & CEO, Marjorie Perry
 
Social Justice Award
New Jersey State Bar Association
President, Thomas Prol, Esq.

The evening's Master of Ceremony was the Honorable Chrissy Buteas, President of WPCNJ. We were pleased to be joined by many elected officials including; Senator Linda Greenstein,
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Assemblywoman Joann Downey, Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, & Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. 
Along with State lawmakers, the event was also attended by several county & 
local elected officials. 

We would also like to thank our volunteers from the Rutger's Student Caucus Chapter, Toni Gingerelli, Aasha Shaik, Margaux Taylor, Irum Yasim, Saba Yasmin.
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Tonight: WPCNJ's 2017 Passion * Power * Progress Awards

Tickets are still available for tonight's event either at the door or register online

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One Week Away: WPCNJ's 2017 Passion * Power * Progress Awards

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Executive Women of New Jersey and Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Statement in Support of S-992, NJ Pay Equity Act

On Monday, December 19th, the New Jersey State Legislature will vote to override the veto of S-992, the NJ Pay Equity Act, a bill designed to empower women with the tools needed to gain equal pay for equal work. Data shows that if New Jersey's women received equal pay for equal work, the poverty rate for working women in the state would drop by half and the economy would grow by $16.6 billion according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The NJ Pay Equity Act was passed earlier this year by both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Our organizations, which represent women leaders across the state, strongly urge the legislature to override the veto of this bill.


It is deeply disturbing that we are still debating whether women should receive equal pay for equal work. Equal pay should not be controversial nor should it be negotiable. As evidenced in the 2015 EWNJ report on gender diversity in senior corporate leadership, "A Seat at the Table: Celebrating Women and Board Leadership," women deliver significant and quantifiable business value to companies. At companies where women comprise 15% or more of the senior management there is a 52% higher return on equity and a 22% higher ratio of dividend payout than those with 10% or fewer women in management. Nonetheless, New Jersey women are still only paid 80 cents for every dollar earned by men and this number is substantially worse for women of color. Moreover, the wage gap is prevalent across all business sectors and educational backgrounds. This inequity not only negatively impacts women and their families, but it also harms the economic progress of our state. It is time for New Jersey to ensure that women are paid based on their work and merit rather than their gender.

Maureen Schneider, Ph.D., MBA President
Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ)

Chrissy Buteas
President
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ)

 


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Honoring Vin Gopal Recipient of the Good Guy Award

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Women's Political Caucus of NJ
2017 Passion * Power * Progress
Good Guy Honoree
Vin Gopal  
Chairman, Monmouth County Democrats 
Born and raised in Monmouth County, Vin is a successful entrepreneur and business development professional. Vin has served in a leadership role for many non-profits, including the Board of Trustees for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties (2010-2012) and the Board of Directors for the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce (2009-2012), where he served as Chairman of the chamber's Government Affairs Committee in 2012. He was also elected to a three year term as President of the Hazlet Business Owners Association, serving from January of 2010 to January of 2013.
Vin is the President of Direct Development, LLC (DD), a marketing and creative design agency based in Hazlet Township which represents various private companies. DD specializes in business development, digital media, design, communications, public relations, media relations and online marketing. DD also operates Community Magazine, a chain of full-color magazines that mail to over 25,000 homes every month in Monmouth County. DD, with a staff of 14 employees, is proud to represent over 100 area companies in their marketing and business development needs. 

In addition to operating a small business, Vin volunteers his time as Chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Party. He was elected Monmouth County Democratic Chairman in June of 2012 with 73% of the vote. He was unanimously re-elected in 2014 and 2016. He was rated on PolitickerNJ.com's Top 100 Most Politically Influential people in NJ's Politics in their 'Power List' in 2016 at #50. 

Vin was recognized by the Asbury Park Press in 2013 as a future leader to watch. He was honored by the Monmouth Chamber of Commerce in 2014 with the Beacon of Hope award. Vin was named Deputy Vice Chairman of the NJ Democratic State Committee in 2014. Vin was also honored by the Community Affairs and Resource Center in 2015.
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WPCNJ Congratulates WPCNJ Board members Kelly Stewart Maer and Tai Cooper 2016 PolitickerNJ's Power List Honorees

2016_wpcnj_politickernj.JPGThe Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates PolitickerNJ's 2016 Power List Honorees!  Kudos to WPCNJ board members Kelly Stewart Maer and Tai Cooper along with members: Brigid Harrison and Patrizia "Trish" Zita being recognized for their power and influence.

Join WPCNJ and many other powerful movers and shakers at WPCNJ's upcoming Passion Power and Progress awards reception on January 12th! For more information, click here.

 View the entire list from PolitickerNJ

 

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