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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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The Marine Toys for Tots Program Announces the Kickoff of Our 2023 Holiday Campaign (From Toys for Tots)


(From Toys for Tots) Triangle, VA (November 1st, 2023) The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is celebrating its 76th year of delivering hope to children in need across the Nation. U.S. Marines and volunteers will be conducting over 850 local toy collection and distribution campaigns in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam,...

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Civic Responsibility – What does that mean?


Civic Responsibility is defined as the "responsibility of a citizen" (Dictionary.com).It is comprised of actions and attitudes associated with democratic governance and social participation. Civic responsibility can include participation in government, church, volunteering, and memberships of voluntary associations. Actions of civic responsibility ...

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International Day Of The Girl 2023


From Zonta International: International Day Of The Girl 2023 Invest In Girls' Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-Being The International Day of the Girl (IDG) – observed annually on 11 October – is a global platform to advocate for the full spectrum of girls' rights. This year, at a time when we are seeing a range of mov...

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Your Mind At Work by Jeanette Bronee


Jeanette Bronee is a keynote speaker and author whose mission to help companies and people cultivate self-care. Read the article below on how to be more mindful from Jeanette Bronee. How do we create some mental space to think better? When someone says, don't think about it, there's a good chance you struggle to let it go. And yet you might even fi...

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Minoska Mateo Receives the 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Award from the Independent Community Bankers of America


Vice President Community Development Officer of Columbia Bank has been selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Award from the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). This award recognizes the nation's most promising young community banking professionals, who, based on character, leadership, community involvement...

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Take advantage of every opportunity (From Sylvia’s Children)


In other words, reach for the brass ring. "Reaching for the brass ring" is a phrase originating in the late 19th and early 20th century when carousels were extremely popular in U.S. amusement parks and on boardwalks. At one time, the carousel riders on the outer horses would hope the timing of the carousel rotation (and the rise-and-fall motion of ...

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Three-Day 'Celebration of Life' Planned for NJ Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver (Article from TAPintoMorristown)


NEW JERSEY -- Two days after Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver passed away, Governor Phil Murphy announced a three-day "Celebration of Life" that will pay tribute to Lieutenant Governor Oliver's extraordinary life and legacy of public service. The Lt. Governor, who was 71 years old, is being remembered for her decades long career in public servi...

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