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New Jersey Needs More Women in High-Level Political, Elected and Appointed Positions

Jennifer Mancuso, the President of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ), testified on Wednesday during the Workgroup on Harassment, Misogyny and Sexual Assault in New Jersey Politics hearing.  The committee, lead by Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and Senator Loretta Weinberg, met to further discuss sexual harassment and misogyny in New Jersey politics. 
 
Jennifer was quoted in Insider NJ for stating "sexual harassment is no surprise to any woman in state politics." She discussed that New Jersey needs more elected and appointed women in high-level political positions in government. And the place to start, was to put more women on the state's Reapportionment Commission.
 
We need to encourage and support more women who are willing to serve in positions of power, and we must hold our current leaders accountable when they do not facilitate that objective. Right now, both the Democratic and Republican Party have a chance to show that they are serious about changing current culture - which shapes what happens in private conversations
and more intimate interactions - and that they are willing to do something about ensuring
women and other marginalized groups are better represented, better supported and better
valued. 
 
One of the WPCNJ's core objectives is to increase the number of elected and appointed women in office. It's clear achieving that goal requires working to remove barriers that hinder women from getting involved, or staying involved, in politics. New Jersey needs to do a better job supporting and promoting women's political leadership.
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WPCNJ Hosts First Virtual Annual Meeting

The Women's Political Caucus hosted its first virtual Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening.   

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Congratulations to WPCNJ Officers, Board of Directors and WPCNJ PAC Chairs who were re-elected for another term.

 

Special thanks to Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq., Founder, Lawrence Law & Pam Yuen, Government Relations Manager, YWCA

for sharing their professional wisdom and providing resources available to victims of domestic violence. 

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WPCNJ Expresses Condolences Regarding the Loss of Ruth B. Mandel

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Ruth’s extraordinary life is detailed in her obituary in The New York Times.

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WPCNJ To Offer "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 and Politics 2020 Ready to Run®conference being held March 20-21.  The conference provides training for 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! 
  
* Open to  WPCNJ members in good standing as of scholarship application date. 
 
* Scholarship applications  must be submitted through the Center for American Women and Politics.
(Please note "WPCNJ" in the "How did you hear?" part of the registration form) 

Scholarships are limited and will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.    
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WPCNJ Congratulates the 2020 Passion * Power * Progress Award Honorees

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We would like to extend our congratulations to our honorees and thank our friends, sponsors and event committee members for their generous support of WPC's 2020 Passion * Power * Progress Awards Reception!
 
                  2020 Honorees along with the WPCNJ Board of Directors   Special Guest Speaker NJ Acting Governor Sheila Oliver
The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey hosted its annual Passion * Power * Progress Awards reception on Thursday, February 6th 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 delighted to present the following awards to:
·      Lori Grifa, Esq., Archer Law - Mary Philbrook Award
·      Kris Kolluri, Cooper Ferry Partnership - Good Guy Award
·      Matt McDermott, Kaufman Zita Group - Good Guy Award
·      Virtua Health - Corporate Award
·      BlueWaveNJ - Social Justice Award
 
"Congratulations to this year's honorees for your well-deserved recognition of hard work and dedication that have elevated women's roles throughout New Jersey," said WPCNJ Vice President of Finance Kelly Stewart Maer. "WPCNJ is thrilled to honor all you've achieved."
 
The evening was especially significant in light of the historic anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Special guest speaker Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver celebrated the contributions the evening's honorees have made to advancing women and expressed the need for greater representation of women in politics and government. 
 
The event's Master of Ceremony was Jennifer Mancuso, President of WPCNJ along with Event Co-Chairs, Jayne O'Connor and Scarlett Rajski.  The event drew many elected officials including; Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Senator Linda Greenstein, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Assemblyman Daniel Benson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli.   Along with State lawmakers, several county and local elected officials attended the event. 
 

 
 
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Special Guest - Acting Governor, Sheila Oliver at Tonight's Passion * Power * Progress Awards

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Passion * Power * Progress Awards
February 6, 2020
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Special Guest Speaker

Acting Governor, Sheila Oliver
 

 
 
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WPCNJ Congratulates Endorsed Candidates for 2019 Election

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates the following endorsed women who were recently elected to office. These women proudly hold the mission of protecting reproductive freedom and promoting equal rights at the center of their platforms.  

WPCNJ looks forward to working with these elected officials in the upcoming year to bolster their efforts to improve the lives of women and families in New Jersey. 

* Gabriela Mosquera - NJ Assembly - LD 4 
* Pamela Lampitt - NJ Assembly - LD 6 
* Carol Murphy - NJ Assembly - LD 7 
* Jean Stanfield - NJ Assembly - LD 8 
* Joann Downey - NJ Assembly - LD 11 
* Serena DiMaso - NJ Assembly - LD 13 
* Verlina Reynolds - NJ Assembly - LD 15
* Nancy Pinkin - NJ Assembly - LD 18 
* Yvonne Lopez - NJ Assembly - LD 19 
* Annette Quijano - NJ Assembly - LD 20 
* Nancy Munoz - NJ Assembly - LD 21  
* Linda Carter - NJ Assembly - LD 22 
* Mila Jasey - NJ Assembly - LD 27
* Cleopatra Tucker - NJ Assembly - LD 28 
* Eliana Pintor Marin - NJ Assembly - LD 29 
* Shanique Speight - NJ Assembly - LD 29
* Angela McKnight - NJ Assembly - LD 31 
* Angelica Jimenez - NJ Assembly - LD 32
* Annette Chaparro - NJ Assembly - LD 33  
* Britnee Timberlake - NJ Assembly - LD 34 
* Shavonda Sumter - NJ Assembly - LD 35
* Valerie V. Huttle - NJ Assembly - LD 37
* Lisa Swain - NJ Assembly - LD 38
Holly Schepisi - NJ Assembly - LD 39
 
  (Italics indicate incumbent)
 

 

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Congratulations to WPCNJ Board members named on The 2019 Insider NJ OUT 100: The LGBT Power List

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Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates all the WPCNJ board members: Sonia Das, Eileen DellaVolle and Jeannine Frisby LaRue named on The 2019 Insider NJ OUT 100: The LGBT Power List!  Also noted among the list, a special tribute to those who have gone to soon, former WPCNJ board member Babs Casbar Siperstein.

To view list: https://www.insidernj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LGBT%20Power%20List%202019.pdf

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WPCNJ Announces Endorsement of 38 Women Assembly Candidates for 2019 Election

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
Announces Endorsement of 38 Women Assembly Candidates for 2019 Election
 
 
Trenton, NJ - The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) proudly endorses 38 women Assembly candidates for the General Election this November. The endorsed candidates embrace and are committed to upholding WPCNJ's mission to protect reproductive freedom and promote equal rights for women in New Jersey.
 
"These endorsements reflect a strong showing of women candidates whose platforms are consistent with our mission," said WPCNJ Political Resources Director Shari Weiner. "We are pleased to endorse this diverse group of talented women who are ready, willing and able to represent all New Jersey citizens with their unique perspectives."
 
According to The Center of American Women (CAWP), women hold a mere 37 of the 120 New Jersey legislative seats, which is 30.8%. "Women make up more than 50% of voters, however, their elected representation pales in comparison," said Weiner. "It is incumbent upon organizations such as ours to endorse and support these women candidates and break that glass ceiling." 

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Political Action Committee has made significant contributions to candidates in the 2019 election cycle. The WPCNJ PAC supports candidates that align with the mission of the Women's Political Caucus.  
 


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WPCNJ Calls for the Removal of Judges Troiano and Silva

Trenton, NJ – The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) calls for the removal of Superior Court Judges James Troiano of Monmouth County and Marcia Silva of Middlesex County from the bench for their mishandling of separate and unrelated teenage sexual assault allegations.  

 

“Judges James Troiano and Marcia Silva failures to charge 16-year old alleged rapists as adults in unrelated sexual assaults cases involving minors are appalling. Troiano and Silva flagrantly disregarded the emotional and physical harm suffered by the victims in these cases, and instead appeared more concerned for the academic prospects of their attackers or the status of the attackers’ families.

 

Not only are their gross misjudgments an affront to the victims in these specific cases, but their decisions and comments send the worst possible message to victims of sexual assault – that your victimization may not be weighed as heavily as the good grades or good family of your attacker.

 

There is no place for Judges Troiano and Silva in New Jersey’s judicial system. We call for their immediate removal from the bench. 

 

WPCNJ commends the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey for overturning the decisions of Judge James Troiano and Judge Marcia Silva.

 

WPCNJ also supports the recommendations put forth by New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Executive Director, and WPCNJ Board member, Patricia Teffenhart, which include training requirements for judges to ensure the unique trauma associated with sexual assaults is better understood and addressed within our judicial system.” (NJCASA Statement: Judicial Comments, the Justice System, & Responding to Sexual Violence | NJCASA)

 

WPCNJ, founded in 1972, is a chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women.

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