eConnection 3/3: Summer Conference, Women’s History, First Women, New Deadline


We will be holding a Summer Conference on Sunday, August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Tropicana Hotel, Atlantic City.

On Monday we will have our District Vice Presidents report and you can wear your District Colors. Our 2020 and 2021 Cecilia Gaines Holland winners will be honored at a Luncheon and then the 2020 and 2021 Women of Achievement Banquet will be held that evening.

On Tuesday morning we will hold our Honor Roll and Order of the Lily presentations. You can arrive on Sunday giving you extra time to enjoy the boardwalk, restaurants and the beach. We will have so many reasons to celebrate, so come and join in the fun.

More information will be in eConnections, the April ALMANAC, emails and on the website.


Women’s History Maribeth Hugelmeyer, NJSFWC Historian, presents the first in a series of notable Women of New Jersey for National Women’s History Month:

Julia Baxter Bates was the first African American student admitted to the New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass Residential College) in 1934. Realizing the error (the school was almost exclusively white at that time), the administrators were unsuccessful in changing her mind, so she was made to live off campus. She graduated in 1938 magna cum laude in English. She went on to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University. Her dream was to be a high school teacher, but she was denied a high school teaching position in New Jersey because of her color. She then become an instructor at Dillard University in New Orleans. She worked two decades at the NAACP headquarters in New York where she was the head of research. She worked with Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. DuBois, and Walter White. Her research work influenced Supreme Court decisions outlawing discrimination. While working at Essex County College, she helped to secure funding for underprivileged, first-generational college students. She died on July 10, 2003.


Were you the first woman to do something? If so, please let me know ( so we can highlight your story in the March eConnections. For example, in 1970 I became the first female allowed to join my high school stage crew and I was the first female to announce my high school’s football games. Heads did turn when my female voice boomed out over the loud speakers.

Deadline for Honor Roll and Order of the Lily

We have extended the deadline for Clubs to nominate a member to the Honor Roll and Order of the Lily to May 1, 2021. This award will now be presented in-person at the Summer Conference.