Resume ‘Set-Asides’

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Between the Lines: To the Editor

The YWCA Princeton, an organization whose mission is to empower women

and eliminate racism, wishes to thank U.S. 1 Newspaper for the October

13 article on the Silhouettes of Hope calendar, celebrating breast

cancer survivors.

We also wish to acknowledge with gratitude a dedicated group of

volunteers, led by Jo Doig, who spearheaded the publication of the

calendar. Anyone who has seen the movie Calendar Girls will recognize

the humor and grit that drove these women to undertake such a novel

and heartfelt project!

The calendar makes a bold statement; the YWCA has never shied away

from strong positions on issues we hold near to our hearts – like

breast cancer. Since 1972 the YWCA has been at the forefront of breast

cancer awareness, education, and support. The ENCORE Program, begun by

Helen Kohut and then taken to the national level under the auspices of

Virginia Selden, was followed by the inception of the Breast Cancer

Resource Center (BCRC).

All funds from the sale of Silhouettes of Hope are being donated to

the BCRC to continue its work, offering information and support to

thousands of women each year across New Jersey.

Projects such as Silhouettes of Hope, with its images of strong women

who are proud survivors, help to reaffirm that breast cancer is a

treatable disease. We encourage all women, and especially anyone

personally touched by breast cancer, to support this worthwhile cause.

For more information about BCRC, please call 609-252-2003.

Eileen Conway

Executive Director,

YWCA Princeton

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Resume ‘Set-Asides’

As a woman entrepreneur in New Jersey and the president of the NJ

Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO), I am keeping a close

eye on the possible comeback of the state’s "set-aside" program.

This program has helped women and minority vendors to win millions of

dollars in prime contracts awarded by the state. It required state

agencies to make a good faith effort to award 15 percent of all prime

contracts to small businesses, 7 percent to qualified minority-owned

businesses, and 3 percent to women-owned businesses.

New Jersey currently has 259,000 women business owners, grossing $69

billion in revenue. Women are changing the landscape of business in

New Jersey.

The key to the success of a program like this is accountability.

Government agencies and corporations that are supposed to use a

certain percentage of women and minority-owned firms often fall short

of their required numbers. There are plenty of capable women business

owners in the workforce who could fill these quotas. Resurrecting the

set-side program could be beneficial to women business owners and to

the state’s economy.

Sue Fitzpatrick

President, NJAWBO

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