ELIZABETH, NJ – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (20th District) hosted a Women’s Forum, May 2, at Yoly’s Cuban Café, that drew together women from across Union County to voice their concerns on a wide variety of issues.

The several dozen women, who represented a diversity of occupations, also expressed a range of concerns from affordable housing, healthcare, equal pay for equal work, and improving education, including keeping down college costs.

Originally, Tammy Murphy, whose husband, Phil, is a Democratic candidate for governor, was supposed to appear, but a family emergency prevented that. Instead, Quijano assembled a panel of speakers: Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Jenny Davis, deputy campaign manager for Phil Murphy, Julie Roginsky, a Murphy campaign strategist and Fox commentator, and Lissette Delgado-Polanco, deputy political director for the Northeast Regional council of Carpenters and vice chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

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The woman shared their own stories, while encouraging the audience to get involved with whatever issues they feel are most important. “Follow your passions, and your convictions will define you,” recommended Delgado-Polanco.

“Take every opportunity to have your voice heard,” advised Roginsky. “Articulate that, and don’t allow others to articulate that for you. Women voices are powerful.”