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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
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.
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
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.
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