BARRINGTON – The South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) named U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) as its Legislator of the Year for his “extraordinary leadership” in the Senate for New Jersey women and small businesses. Menendez will officially receive the award at NAWBO’s Annual Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 15 in Cinnaminson.
“I am very proud to receive this award which reflects my long-time record of standing up for women and on the side of small business,” said Menendez. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. That’s why it’s absolutely critical any New Jerseyan with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive has the equal opportunity and support needed to open a business, helping our local economies and creating jobs. I will continue fighting so our New Jersey women have the same access to capital and technical assistance to see their ideas come to fruition and their businesses flourish.”
The South Jersey chapter of NAWBO, which currently has more than 70 members who come together to connect, learn and grow through networking and educational events, sites Menendez’s fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment – which he reintroduced in the Senate again this year – as one reason why he receiving this honor:
“Senator Menendez has provided women in business support by bringing back the issue of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment,” said Julia Sailer of NAWBO. “As a board member of The National Association of Women Business Owners and of the Alice Paul Institute, it is an honor and a privilege to have nominated him for this award. He truly understands that equality can move business and our country’s economy forward!”
“When it comes to women’s equality — equal rights, equal pay, equal treatment, equally affordable health care — I have done my best to honor the work of New Jersey’s Alice Paul and to live up to the values my mother taught me. So, for me, introducing the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States Senate this year was a tribute to her and to Alice Paul – and, I hope, a legacy to my daughter, Alicia – so she and all women will soon realize true equality set firmly in the Constitution,” Menendez added.