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Tonight: WPCNJ's 2017 Passion * Power * Progress Awards

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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
Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ)


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Honoring Vin Gopal Recipient of the Good Guy Award

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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WPCNJ Seeks Intern

WPCNJ Internship Opportunity

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey ("WPCNJ"), a non-profit organization, seeks an energetic and skilled intern who will assist the organization in effectively achieving its mission and goals. 

The internship is open to a college student seeking school credit.  The internship would serve as a valuable experience for those majoring in political science, communications, or a related field.  The primary duty of the intern is to provide assistance to the WPCNJ Administrator, including but not limited to, support upcoming events/programs, political research & communications.


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WPCNJ Board Counsel Rebecca Moll Freed Named to 2016 Top Women in Law List by NJ Law Journal

Rebecca-Moll-Freed-.jpgThe Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey(WPCNJ) congratulates its board counsel Rebecca Moll Freed, Partner at Genova Burns LLC named  to 2016 Top Women in Law List by New Jersey Law Journal.  

"Earlier this year, the Law Journal's editorial staff set out to select a group of Top Women in Law—our attempt to shine a light on the outstanding work being done by female attorneys across New Jersey who have had notable achievements in recent years, or who have otherwise made an extraordinary impact on the legal profession.

These outstanding attorneys are all making strides to push the profession forward for women."

For more the complete list, click here.

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WPCNJ members and endorsed officials named 30 Most Influential Women in NJ Politics, Elected and Non-Elected

patricia.jpgWomen's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates all the women named 30 Most Influential Women in NJ Politics, Elected and Non-Elected list for 2016. Among the ranks are the Lt. Governor, state senators, assemblywoman, lobbyists, union leaders and mayors. Special shout out to WPCNJ board members: Jeannine Frisby LaRue and members: Maggie Moran, Patrizia "Trish" Zita and Peg Schaffer on their mention.  Kudos to WPCNJ board member Tai Cooper named honorable mention.  WPCNJ endorses women for elected office and it's exciting to see many of its endorsed officials on the list including: 

WPCNJ endorsed elected officials: Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assebmlywoman Shovanda Sumter, senator M Teresa Ruiz, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Senator Jennifer Beck, Senator Nia Gill, Senator Diane Allen, Senator Sandra Bolden-Cunningham, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, Senator Linda Greenstein, Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Shiela Oliver, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, 

Former elected officials endorsed by WPCNJ:  Former Governor Christie Todd Whitman and Former Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer.

Congratulations again to all the women!

For the complete list, click here.


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Andrea Katz, Esq. Named PolitickerNJ"s 30 under 30: Political Up-and-Comers in NJ!

Congratulations WPCNJ Democratic Task Force Vice President Andrea Katz, Esq. named to PolitickerNJ's 30 under 30: Political Up-and-Comers in NJ!

"Andrea Katz, 29, Associate Attorney at Capehart Scatchard. This attorney is also the vice-chair of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey Democratic Task Force and the treasurer of the New Jersey Young Democrats. She was Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle from 2010 to 2015."  Read More

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3rd Annual WPCNJ Middlesex County Chapter Women's Equality Day Happy Hour

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Join us in honor of the 96th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
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