As a woman who is passionate about public service and engaging women and men in civic life, I am delighted to sponsor a project with a team of women from South Plainfield that recognizes the life of a woman that broke down barriers.  I invite contest participants to take advantage of this opportunity to examine the life of Shirley Temple Black, learn about the ideals that fueled her passion, and explore avenues for continuing to advance women. 


Topic:                    Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as a child star in the 1930s. As an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia, and as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

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Please discuss why Women’s History Month exists in the United States.  Then discuss a specific event or accomplishment of Shirley Temple Black’s life related to her advocacy and leadership for women that is significant to you and why. Please also discuss a woman that has had a significant impact in your life and why? 


Length:                 500-750 words

Eligibility:           South Plainfield residents in grades 9-12

Deadline:            March 30, 2014

Grand Prize:       A $250 American Express gift card and recognition in the local newspaper. There will also be second and third place prizes.  The winners will be chosen by committee (Debbie Boyle, Nina Rohrer, Nancy Stillman Pender, Pamela Stefanek, Pat DeSantis & Chrissy Buteas) and informed on or before April 7th.


Submit to:           Chrissy Buteas

434 Lucy Court

South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Please include name, address, grade, phone number, and email address.

Women’s History Month, now celebrated annually in the United States, is a month long celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society.  Please join me in celebrating women’s history and advancement in the United States of America.

General Women’s History Facts:

·         On Jan. 12, 1915, the United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

·         On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared in effect.

·         On March 22, 1972, Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. It fell short of the three-fourths approval needed.

·         On July 7, 1981, President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.