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Interview with R. Barbara Gitenstein, First Female and First Jewish President of The College of New Jersey


R. Barbara Gitenstein is a leader, a trailblazer that exemplifies dedication and resilience. Gitenstein, the first female and first Jewish President of The College of New Jersey, grew up having to face and embrace her "otherness" amongst the different groups she's been a part of. From being Jewish, a woman, a Southerner, a liberal, to even having u...

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Picking The Right Fight


Review by Judy Chapman In an advance copy of his latest book, Whistle-Stop Politics, author Edward Segal includes a chapter, The Right Fight (pg 158). As part of a decade-long campaign to guarantee that all women had the right to vote, a determined group of women launched a groundbreaking and controversial railroad tour in 1916. The tour was import...

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2024 Jack Killion Entrepreneurial Scholarship


Garden State Woman's Jack Killion Entrepreneurial Scholarship 2024 application is open and available at https://gswoman.com/jack-killion-scholarship. The deadline for applying is July 1, 2024. Graduating high school students will find details about eligibility on the website. The scholarship is not gender specific. The scholarship was created in 20...

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Presidents 16-17 - American History Lesson #7


See Lesson #6 here. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States "warned the South in his Inaugural Address: 'In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the gove...

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Presidents 13-15 - American History Lesson #6


See Lesson #5 here. Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) Millard Fillmore was the 13th president of the United States. Fillmore appointed Daniel Webster as Secretary of State which solidified his alliance with the Whigs who favored the compromise. Breaking up Clay's single legislative package, Douglas presented five separate bills to the Senate: Admit Cali...

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Centenary Stage Company Announces 2024 Women Playwrights Series Finalists Slated For Readings In April


HACKETTSTOWN, NJ: Centenary Stage Company's Women Playwrights Series returns this spring with three brand-new play readings. Readings will take place on Wednesdays throughout April at 7:00 pm in the Sitnik and Kutz Theatres of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The Women ...

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Announcing Senator Laphonza Butler as our Lipman Chair – Register now!


The Power of Black Women's Leadership in Politics with Senator Laphonza Butler Please join U.S. Senator Laphonza Butler for a talk on Black women's leadership in the U.S. Senate. Location: Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center, 9 Suydam St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Date and time: Wed, Apr 24, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Register here. ...

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Presidents 11-12 - American History Lesson #5


See Lesson #4 here. James Knox Polk (1845-1849) The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk was considered the "dark horse" President. In 1844, he was a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for Vice President. He stood for expansion and was "committed to the Nation's Manifest Destiny." During his presidency, he worked on the a...

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Interview with Mark Higgins on Hetty Green, The First Queen of Wall Street


Deep within America's financial history exists a figure whose skills and accomplishments remain vastly overlooked. Henrietta "Hetty" Howland Robinson Green is considered the Queen of Wall Street, a title fitting for such a prominent women in finance and talented investor whose legacy transcends the confines of gender bias and societal norms. Hetty ...

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Presidents 8-10 - American History Lesson #4


See Lesson #3 here. Martin Van Buren (1837-1841) Martin Van Buren, the 8th president of the United States was appointed Secretary of State by Andrew Jackson in 1827. Around this time, the economy faced abrupt economic decline due to its usual "boom and bust" cycle. Jackson's financial measures contributed to the crash. Van Buren used his time as Pr...

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Vanessa Portilla, Global Literacy Leader Encourages Women in Ahead of International Women’s Day - The World Literacy Foundation


Vanessa Portilla, COO of the World Literacy Foundation, urged women to stand up and help empower girls in their development of foundational literacy skills during a panel discussion hosted by WLF today in anticipation of International Women's Day. "It is incumbent on women in the community to ensure no girl is left behind. The latest data reveals a...

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Presidents 6-7 - American History Lesson #3


See Lesson #2 here. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States and the first president who was the son of a past president. His viewpoints were similar to his father, John Adams. In his first Annual Message, he proposed that the Federal Government begin construction of a network of highways and cana...

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Presidents 1-2 - American History Lesson #1


Lesson #1 in GSW's A Lesson in American History Series, where we share bite-sized information on the history of each U.S. President. This series is a campaign to raise awareness about the need to protect our American way of life. Check out this post for our introduction. George Washington (1789-1797) George Washington became the first president of ...

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Presidents 3-5 - American History Lesson #2


See Lesson #1 here. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Indepence, served as the third president of the United States for two terms. Regarding party conflict, which was at an all time high in the 1800s, he wrote, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over ...

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Artificial Intelligence Against Gender-Based Violence. Interview with Laura Frombach and Joy Farrow.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is advancing at a rapid pace and it's transforming the way we approach various aspects of life. AI now plays a significant role in the topic of gender-based violence, working as both a tool to support women suffering from domestic abuse, and unfortunately, a weapon to impart violence and harassment against women. Techno...

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Introduction to January 2024 GSW - Thoughts from the Editor


Best wishes for a healthy and successful 2024. We are looking forward to bringing you information and resources for New Jersey women and girls. One of our goals is to provide thought-provoking articles that will get you thinking. This will be a pivotal year for American democracy and its promise of government by "We the People." The promise of the ...

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LWV Statement on the Three-Year Anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection


Press release from the League of Women Voters: Today the League of Women Voters of the United States President Dr. Deborah Turner and CEO Virginia Kase Solomónissued the following joint statement on the anniversary of the January 6th attack on the US Capitol: "Three years ago, our nation's capital faced an unprecedented threat to our democracy that...

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John Adams’ "El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered," presented by The Cathedral of St. John the Divine – 12/21/23


El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered presented by The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC Featuring AMOC with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, conducted by Christian Reif Details: Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 7:30 pm 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 Tickets are "Choose-What-You-Pay" (ranging from $5-125) and are available online at https://www...

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Staying Silent Or Speaking Up By Jeanette Bronee


December tends to be a very stressful month for most. Holiday preparations and the pressure of end-of-year results don't go hand in hand very well. And I think we all know that during times of stress, discussions can get heated, and disrespectful things can be said. Do we stay silent, or do we speak up? Staying silent can create an inner conflict, ...

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Two Upcoming Chantey Sings - South Street Seaport Museum


Join the lively chantey experience either in-person at the Seaport Museum's introduction galleries or virtually via Zoom, allowing you to join from anywhere. Both sea-song sing-alongs will feature a variety of traditional maritime work songs and ballads. Attendees are encouraged to sing along with the chorus or just sit back and enjoy their perform...

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