WOMEN'S PROJECT OF NEW JERSEY
The Women's Project of New Jersey, Inc. (WPNJ) is a
nonprofit organization formed in 1984 by a group of scholars, librarians, teachers and
community activists to retrieve and disseminate New Jersey women's history. It was
incorporated in 1985 in the State of New Jersey and is governed by a board of trustees.
Its research and organizational papers are held by Special Collections,
Alexander Library, Rutgers University.
researching and writing of Past and
Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women, a comprehensive, illustrated reference volume on
the history of women in New Jersey. The WPNJ has also sponsored a traveling exhibit
based on the book that opened at the New Jersey State Museum, March 1, 1990 and circulated
throughout the state until June 1994. In conjunction with the book, it produced a
set of four posters on New Jersey women for school use that were distributed through the
Consortium for Educational Equality at Rutgers University.
WPNJ can be reached at 34 Maynard Court, Ridgewood, NJ
The 1997 paperback edition of Past
and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women was issued by Syracuse University Press.
It includes a new preface by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joan Burstyn of Syracuse
University (formerly of Rutgers University) and a necrology of subjects deceased since
initial publication of the hard cover edition in 1990.
How to Purchase Book
The book includes:
nearly 300 biographical essays, arranged
alphabetically by time period, of well known and lesser known women who have figured in
the state's history or whose lives are representative of women's lives in the state in
different time periods.
468 pages, 80 illustrations
bibliographies with each entry
4 overview essays
The volume was funded with public, foundation and
corporate funds and was sponsored by Drew University, Jersey City State College (now New
Jersey City University), Rutgers University, the New Jersey Historical Society, and the
New Jersey State Library. An essential tool for teachers, schools, public and
personal librarians, the book has received the Recognition Award of the New Jersey
Historical Commission and the Certificate of Merit of the American Association for State
and Local History. It has been endorsed by the New Jersey Council for the Social
The 1997 edition can be ordered through most commercial
book stores and through on-line book sellers.
It can also be ordered directly from the publisher, Syracuse
University Press, Syracuse, NY by:
MAIL: 621 Skytop Road, Suite 110, Syracuse, NY,
Price: $26.95 plus shipping and handling.
Burstyn, Joan. (ed.)(1997). Past and Promise: Lives of New
Jersey Women. Paperback. ISBN: 0-8156-0418-1
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