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Between the Lines

Women are faithful readers of this newspaper, we have always known, and we try to respond to their needs and interests. In 1990, for instance, Tamsen Granger suggested we do a story on “The Women of Cranbury,” how — in that small village — a dozen women storeowners support each other and flourish. Sounds like a good idea, we said, and maybe you should write it, Tamsen. Her story is one of our all-time favorites.

Perhaps inspired by Granger, in 1994 we published a Women in Business issue, with Governor Christie Whitman on the cover, and profiled Nancy Cole, who had just taken over as CEO of Educational Testing Service. The title: “Women’s Work.”

That’s now an annual issue for U.S. 1. In the ensuing years we often chose our subjects based on who was in the news at that moment — or who was doing a job that was not traditionally a women’s job.

For “Women in Networking” in 1995 we profiled leaders of each networking group. Online testing was the focus for 1996, the year Alice Irby spun the Chauncey Group out of Educational Testing Service.

In 1997 we interviewed the founder of the metal detector company Metorex because she happened to be visiting from Finland. We also talked to commercial real estate broker Karen Iman, office furniture proprietor Alma Moscovich, and nursing trade group head Andrea Augenbaugh, among others.

In 1998, for our first take on “Women in Science,” we profiled those who had hands-on jobs at NEC, Bracco Research, and American Cyanamid.

Anne Van Lent was one of four women in the cover in 1999, and you will find her picture again in this issue on page 75, this time as CFO of a company that is going public. Also that year we talked to Dow Jones executive Dorothea Coccoli Palsho.

In 2000 we featured Clare Hart, who still heads Dow Jones’ Factiva, the CIO of RCN, restaurateur Jenna Kleiman, Internet expert Josie Ottman, and another Internet expert who opened — and quickly closed — the online division of a market research company.

Featured in 2001 were Lisa Harrah, the insurance company owner, and Kathleen Maguire Morolda, the gallery proprietor, who were in charge of the state NJAWBO conference that year, plus Katherine Kish of MarketEntry, and Julia Heinrich of Wyeth Ayerst. But the cover profile was of Michele Kuplic, new head of a spin-out from NEC Research. We were more than dismayed when just three weeks later Kuplic closed down that company.

In 2002 we honored the business of volunteering, as represented by the annual conference run by Marge Smith, Community Works.

Last year we focused on engineers, Marie Klawe, new head of the engineering department at Princeton, and also Patricia Galloway.

This year, we revisit a traditional women’s occupation, and we interview three generations of women retailers. As for the Women of Cranbury — Granger closed the Cranbury Food Sampler, but 6 of the 18 women pictured in her story are still in business. Not a bad record.

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