(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and Troy Singleton (both D-Burlington) on Friday lauded the $31,071 general operating grant awarded to the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel, which will enable the nonprofit organization to continue to pursue its mission of promoting full gender equality through education, development and empowerment of leaders.
The institute is named after Mount Laurel native Alice Paul, a leading activist in the campaign for women’s suffrage which resulted in the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. The grant was awarded by the New Jersey Historical Commission.
“I want to commend the Alice Paul Institute for being recipients of this award, which is certainly well deserved. This organization has been an integral part of the community for almost 30 years, working diligently to carry on the example set by the great American suffragist, Alice Paul,” said Conaway. “This grant will help this wonderful organization continue its mission of promoting gender equality, which despite our many social advancements, is still a fight that must be fought.”
“In a time when many nonprofit organizations have seen their financial support reduced or eliminated, news of this grant is definitely welcomed and appreciated. The pursuits of the Alice Paul Institute are commendable and worthy of this award,” said Singleton. “We must never forget the battles fought by leaders like Alice Paul which has allowed my daughter to enjoy the same freedoms as my sons, and with the help of this grant, the Alice Paul Institute will continue to work so we never do.”
The Alice Paul Institute was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated volunteers to commemorate the centennial of Alice Paul’s 1885 birth and to further her legacy. The organization was operated by volunteers for more than a decade, according to the organization’s website. Today, four staff members, as well as volunteers, oversee the daily business and special events at Paulsdale, the farmhouse where Paul was born and raised and now serves as the organization’s home.