The “Jersey City Women” group will host a Town Hall to highlight the challenges woman face in local politics at the Dvora rooftop tomorrow evening.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I am incredibly excited for this opportunity not just to speak as a woman in a role of political leadership, but for the opportunity to take part in this discussion with those who advocate for equitable leadership opportunities,” Hudson County Democratic Organization Chair Amy DeGise, who is also running for council-at-large on Mayor Steven Fulop’s ticket, said in a statement.
“Events like this provide representation for other females and female-identifying individuals who may gain the empowerment, motivation, or acknowledgment they need to take on leadership roles.”
JCW is a grassroots organization co-run by Eiko La Boria and Monica Meiterman-Rodriguez and they seek to elevate women in Jersey City through the creation of a municipal Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
By sponsoring open forums and events, JCW hopes to create a better understanding of the experiences and struggles of women in Jersey City in order to develop solutions to issues facing women and hold local representatives accountable for resolving these issues.
In addition to DeGise, the event will feature Council President Joyce Watterman, Ward A Councilwoman Denise Ridley, Ward A candidate Kristen Zadroga Hart, Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, Board of Education Trustee Gina Verdibello, Ward D candidate Danielle Freire, Council-at-Large candidate June Jones, and former Ward D candidate Mo Kinberg.
“Events like this are important for women leaders to refresh, reevaluate, and reposition in who she is becoming,” said Watterman.
“It has always been important for women to gather together and discuss their ideas and experiences. With all that is going on in the world regarding women’s rights, it is important that we continue to support and encourage each other. I am happy to participate in this event with so many powerful women,” added Ridley.
The event will be conducted at the Dvora Rooftop, located at 175 2nd Street in Jersey City, and light refreshments will be served.
While the event is free, space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by clicking here.
“Women are great collaborators, which is why it is important for women in leadership to get together, share ideas, and support each other in the workplace,” noted Prinz-Arey.
“This is especially important for fields where women are in the minority. All too often it is assumed that we are not the decision makers in the room, and this kind of support helps us own our power.”