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WPCNJ Stands in Solidarity to Advance Equality

"The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey expresses our deepest sympathies to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Kathryn Johnston and countless others that have lost their lives to senseless and racist violence.  
As an organization that strives to achieve true equality for women in New Jersey, the Women's Political Caucus stands in solidarity with individuals and organizations dedicated to dismantling structural and systemic racism and achieving justice for victims of racism.  
Meaningful equality will never be achieved until discrimination against ALL oppressed groups and individuals is fully eradicated.  
We encourage our members and associates to consider supporting organizations working to advance equality and end systemic racism. A list is found below. Some educational opportunities are also found below.  Please contact [email protected] if you have additional organizations you would like added to the list.   
--Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
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WPCNJ Commends Governor Phil Murphy on his Nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) commends Governor Phil Murphy on his nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.  If confirmed, the former U.S. attorney will become the first black woman to serve on the Court. 
WPCNJ President Jennifer Mancuso stated, "WPCNJ believes that elevating more qualified women to high-level elected and appointed positions in government and in the judiciary is sorely needed to achieve meaningful equality for women and to add diverse perspectives that contribute to fairness and inclusivity necessary to govern our society. This is doubly true for women of color who face additional cultural and institutional barriers that stand in the way of their achievement to the highest levels of government. With her depth of experience and achievements, Ms. Pierre-Louis would serve the New Jersey Supreme Court well. WPCNJ supports Governor Murphy's nomination and applauds his efforts to add diversity to New Jersey's judicial system."

2020 WPCNJ State Legislator, Local and County Endorsements

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process, increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office, protecting reproductive freedom, and creating a women's political  
power base to achieve equality for all women. 
If you are a 2020 woman candidate for the office of State Legislator, Mayor, At Large Freeholder, or County Executive - WPCNJ invites you to seek an endorsement. Candidates must be members of the Caucus in good standing and complete the endorsement questionnaire.
Please email [email protected] if you are interested in receiving a questionnaire.   

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
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.

WPCNJ Hosts First Virtual Annual Meeting

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


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. 


WPCNJ Expresses Condolences Regarding the Loss of Ruth B. Mandel


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.    

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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