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February 14, 2020

Pictured left to right: Jacqueline McGuinness, Karen Brown, Nancy Butler, Rosie Driscoll in Senator Menendez’s Newark office.

AAUW NJ members Karen Brown, president; Jacqueline McGuinness, secretary;  and Nancy Butler, past president, met with Rosie Driscoll, Senator Menendez’s Outreach Specialist for women’s issues, to discuss AAUW’s priorities and exchange ideas for supporting each other in our work towards equity for all.  AAUW NJ shared information on the availability of AAUW research and extended invitations to our upcoming events. Ms. Driscoll asked that we be sure to let the senator’s office know of situations encountered in New Jersey that seem to be discriminatory. Also, she stressed the importance of contacting elected officials in support of their positions, not only when we have an objection – this allows them to better respond to critics.

November 25, 2019

Supporting Title X with Planned Parenthood at the Statehouse in Trenton

The bill to replace funding for family planning services passed (voting along party lines)! Funds will be distributed by NJ Commissioner of Health to agencies that lost funding due to not conforming to the Title X gag rule (which prevents providers from even discussing all of a patient’s health care options, including abortion). Funds still can not be used to provide abortions. 👍😀

Austin Greitz (Planned Parenthood organizer), Marian Haag (Salem County Branch), Karen Brown (AAUW NJ president), Carol Welsch (Attorney. Retired)

September 19-20, 2019

AAUW NJ Goes to Seneca Falls, New York

June 30, 2019

AAUW NJ at ERA Day at Alice Paul Institute

L to R: Jacky McGuinness, Liz Rothman, Shevi Salberg, Keturah Harris

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Branch Anniversary Awards (2019 – 2020)

Branch Awards (2019)

Congratulations to branches with the most growth last year!


2020 Award

Let’s Congratulate Jacquelyn Litt, Ph.D. 

Jacquelyn Litt joined Rutgers University in 2010 to serve as Dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus. Dr. Litt has a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and administrative service that focuses on women’s issues.  In addition to serving as the Dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus, she is Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Litt received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was founding chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. Prior to her tenure at Missouri, Litt directed Women’s Studies programs at Iowa State University and Allegheny College. At Iowa State, Professor Litt earned the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Association of University Women for exemplary contributions toward gender equity in education. She also received Iowa State’s Early Excellence in Teaching and Master Teacher in Multicultural Education awards.

She has expertise in women in STEM, was a P.I. and consultant for the ADVANCE program to advance women in STEM at the National Science Foundation and a grant reviewer for innovative STEM pedagogy projects at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is the author of two books and numerous articles. She received the “Leaders in Faculty Diversity” in 2016 from The Committee to Advance Our Common Purpose at Rutgers University in recognition of her outstanding leadership in building new opportunities for students at Douglass to share diverse perspectives in a safe and inclusive environment. Litt was honored in 2016 with a Joint Legislative Resolution from the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, honoring her leadership of Douglass Residential College and her research on women’s issues that have made a positive impact on the lives of women and children.

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Thanks to our Volunteers that helped run Teentech 2019!

(held in 3 Locations)

AAUW Members – Please Volunteer to help run Tech Trek Camp

AAUW of New Jersey, a state-level organization of AAUW, founded in 1927, sponsors statewide events.  Local branches actively further national and community goals and capitalize on their networking opportunities.  AAUW Members often choose to belong to one or more local branches.  Joining one of the local NJ branches includes membership in the AAUW of New Jersey state organization.  Individuals who do not wish to join a NJ local branch can join by selecting “Garden State Branch” (our virtual Branch), when joining AAUW.

Please join a local NJ branch or the Garden State (Virtual) Branch and our mailing list, in order to receive emails.

We communicate with our members via the Presidents MessageAAUW NJ NewsNJ Events, “Special Projects”, and Public Policy pages.  We also connect with others on Facebook and via Constant Contact emails.

Our NJ state publication, The Garden Statement, which reported regularly on AAUW-NJ participation in public policy, the Educational Opportunities Fund, the Legal Advocacy Fund, and state and local issues, has been retired, being replaced with the other methods of communication.

AAUW of New Jersey has established The AAUW NJ Charitable Trust, which supports branches across the state, as they work to advance equity and to promote educational opportunities for women and girls.  Donations to the Charitable Trust come from bequests and from individuals, AAUW branches, businesses and institutions. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  

Donations to the Charitable Trust can now be made online!

Since we support AAUW National’s mission, we have web pages that share highlights of the volumes of materials available, under the National tab, including AAUW in the News, Leadership, Economic Security, STEM, and Title IX

There are also pages for AAUW Fundraising, Legal Advocacy Fund, Education & Training, Aand links for AAUW Members Only

AAUW NJ Highlights include:

  • Raising more than $100,000 annually for the Foundation and the Legal Advocacy Fund
  • Scholarships awards to New Jersey women
  • Advisors to the State Department of Education on gender bias and equity issue
  • Working in coalition on state issues affecting women and girls
  • Lobbies for formation and continuance of county commissions on women and for economic equity
  • Sponsor of voter registration drives and candidate forums
  • Community projects for literacy, pre-school ed., child care, and nutrition for pregnant teenagers
  • Initiate and monitor state legislation, like the New Jersey Council on Environmental Quality

For general inquiries, please email us.  For specific inquiries, please contact our State Leadership contacts.


Visit our “AAUW NJ News” Page to see the impact of our organization!

We also have many Special Projects that our Members “work” on:

Visit our AAUW NJ Special Projects Pages for information.