Since March is Women’s History Month, Burlington County Commissioners are urging residents to support women-owned businesses and learn more about the contributions and achievements of local women from Burlington County.
“The story of women pioneers and heroes from Burlington County is unusual and includes Alice Paul, Elizabeth White, Mary Robling, Clara Barton and Ethel Lawrence who went through barriers and overcame discrimination and alienation to help change our state, nation and peace for the better, “said Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson in a statement issued by the commissioners. businesses in our county and we encourage our residents to support them and their employees. By showcasing these amazing individuals and businesses, we hope to inspire and enable more women and girls to pursue their dreams. ”
Profiles of Burlington County women and businesses will be posted on Burlington County social media pages throughout March, and commissioners will also promote women-owned businesses on the county website within Burlington County Business Resource Center (on the Burlington County Business tab).
A map of enterprises owned by women was hosted at the Business Hub last October as part of the National Women’s Small Business Month and has been updated. It now lists more than 40 businesses across Burlington County.
Women’s businesses that would like to be listed on the map and promoted on the county’s social networking sites should send information to email@example.com. The requested information includes company name, address, telephone number and a brief history or summary of goods for sale or services. Photos and links to websites and social networks are also welcome.
“The women who run these businesses are some of the brightest, most resilient and loyal business owners. They create jobs, goods and services that our residents and communities need and rely on, ”Hopson said in a statement. “We want these businesses to be successful and grow, and to inspire more women to take the plunge to start and run their own company.”
In addition to nominating women who have achieved success and business, Burlington County continues to be a leader in promoting equality and inclusiveness.
The county was one of the first in New Jersey to set up a Women’s Advisory Board to identify and develop ways to address issues affecting women, and was one of the first to adopt policies that barred their departments from asking job seekers about their past salary. history or wages, because a request for this information could perpetuate the pay gap, the statement said.
Women also hold some of the highest positions in the Burlington County Government, including County Administrator Eva Cullinan, Attorney Ashley Buon, Chief Financial Officer Carolyn Howlick, County Clerk Joan Schwartz, Election Chief Don Addiga, Social Services Director Shirlu Simpson Resources Protection Mary Pat Robbie, Health Officer Holly Funkhauser Kukutsela, Board Clerk Erin Kelly and Election Commission Administrators Claudia Castro and Linda Hughes.
“Burlington County has been at the forefront of the fight for equality for all people, and our Council is proud to continue that fight,” Hopson said in a statement. “I am proud to be a woman leader in my community, and I know that this was only possible thanks to the perseverance and sacrifice of the women leaders and lawyers who were before me. It is the duty of all of us to honor their achievements and heritage. We must not rest until the dream of true and lasting equality is achieved. “