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Judith Glick Buckman
After her pregnancy discrimination case with the Cherry Hill schools in 1971, Judy heard a NOW speaker and realized her situation hadn't been the problem - it was society that was broken and needed to be fixed (Gloria Steinem called this "the click"). Judy joined Philadelphia NOW then, in 1974, South Jersey NOW ("the Alice Paul chapter" part was added a few years later). One of her first activities was attending consciousness raising (CR) sessions which permanently changed her life.
Judy has been a member of South Jersey NOW for 41 years. In 1978-1980, 1982, and since 2013, Judy has served as chapter president. After a few successful events, Judy was hooked on fundraising and continued to do that for the next 38 years. She also writes the newsletter calendar; serves on Budget, Nominating and By-Laws committees; mentors new leaders; organizes bus trips to DC and has presented workshops at National NOW Conferences on Leadership Development, Increasing Chapter Activism and Alice Paul.
In 1984, Judy and other chapter members formed the Alice Paul committee (later the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, now the Alice Paul Institute) to celebrate Alice's 100th Birthday, an event that Judy chaired. After serving on the APCF Board for 10 years, Judy started their Girls Leadership Program.
For many years, Judy has hosted monthly Planning Meetings, newsletter mailings and an annual Transition Brunch for new officers. She has collaborated with community groups including the Southern Burlington County NAACP and the League of Women Voters. Most recently, she was the recipient of Planned Parenthood's Public Affairs Award, the Outstanding Woman of Burlington County Award, and the Alice Paul Equality Award.
In January 11, 2014, at a dinner to celebrate Alice Paul's birthday, Judy bemoaned the fact that the chapter had to spend so much time and effort doing fundraising. Barbara Irvine thought for a minute and came up with the solution saying, "We need a tax-deductible 501c3 to raise money so the chapter can do its real work of grassroots women's rights activism!" The Judith Glick Buckman Fund for the Future was incorporated by the IRS in November 2014 and the rest is herstory.
2015 Alice Paul Equality Awards
March 19, 2015
The mission of the Alice Paul Institute is to honor the legacy of Alice Paul's work for gender equality through education and leadership development. And what better way to honor Alice Paul's legacy than to recognize business, academic, and community leaders who exemplify the "spirit of Alice." Tonight we do just that, with the 2015 Equality Awards.
Our honorees are a diverse group of women who have made a difference in their communities, both professionally and personally. Through their accomplishments, leadership, and mentorship, a new generation of Alice Pauls is learning to stand up, take charge, and make a difference. In 1920, after the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, Alice Paul said "It is incredible to me that any woman should consider the fight for full equality won. It has just begun." Our honorees understand that, and set an example of achievement and success that will help us, together, to win that fight. Tonight we honor their accomplishments, their leadership, and the inspiration they provide to achieve what Alice called "ordinary quality." To all of the honorees, thank you and congratulations!
Melinda L Champion
Chair, Board of Directors
Alice Paul Institute
Judith Glick Buckman
Judith Buckman co-founded the Alice Paul Institute in 1984 and served on its board of directors until 1995.
Judy has been a leader in the South Jersey National Organization for Women-Alice Paul chapter for 40 years, and is currently serving her fifth term as president of the chapter. Through NOW, she collaborates with other community groups, including the League of Women Voters, the Southern Burlington County NAACP, CONTACT of Burlington County, and the Unitarian Church's Social Justice Committee. Serving as a women's rights activist for the past 40 years has been one of the greatest joys of Judy's life.
In 1994 Judy established the Alice Paul Leadership Program, chairing a volunteer committee that conducted focus groups and created the "Share Your Voice" one-day workshop for middle school girls. These focus groups and workshops were the genesis of Lead-A-Way and other school-based leadership programs that have reached thousands of South Jersey girls since 2000.
After raising a son and daughter, Judy completed graduate degrees in guidance counseling and school psychology at Rowan University and an MBA from Rutgers University. She currently works as a writer in the Marketing Department at Hill International.
Burlington County Times
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By Sally Friedman
MOUNT LAUREL - It was a night to remember and to celebrate a very special woman, as well as others who have proudly honored her legacy.
More than 300 gathered at The Westin on Fellowship Road to remember Burlington County's own Alice Paul, the Quaker suffragist with the steely determination to see that women got the rights they deserved and, in the process, who sacrificed and even suffered.
But the evening was an upbeat and inspiring tribute to those who have followed her example, and have seen to it that Paul's accomplishments and leadership will live on through those who share her dedication to women's rights.
Recognized were six women who founded what is now the Alice Paul Institute, but was originally known as the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation.
In 1985, a small and determined cadre of local women from various walks of life decided that the centennial of Paul's birth in 1885 was the right moment to honor her remarkable place in history.
Present to share and recollect those beginnings was Barbara Irvine, of Cinnaminson, who is recognized as the moving force behind that effort, along with Christine Borget, Judith Buckman, Jean Perry, Pat Williams and Janet Tegley, now of Savannah, Georgia, who was unable to attend Thursday.
Buckman, who also has provided energy and commitment to women's rights causes, stressed the collaborative efforts of the original Alice Paul movers and shakers.
"We were women together of my mother's age and my daughter's age, and it was a great gift for all of us," said Buckman, who is in her fifth term as president of the National Organization for Women's Alice Paul chapter.
Buckman recalled how the early group had no office, no experience, very limited funds, but abundant drive and determination. She also quoted the late Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who said, "You can't control the wind, but you can adjust the sails."
2014 Outstanding Women of Burlington County Awards
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The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the seven winners of the Burlington County Advisory Council on Women's Outstanding Women of Burlington County Awards.
"The Outstanding Women Awards highlight the great accomplishments of deserving women across Burlington County," said Freeholder Director Leah Arter. "We are proud of all the winners and wish them the best in their continuing efforts to serve the community."
The winners have been chosen from several areas of exceptional service in addition to two student scholarship awards. They will be honored at a banquet on Thursday, March 27th at The Merion Caterers in Cinnaminson. The banquet provides a forum to explore and learn more about the often-unpublicized activities of the award winners.
Volunteerism Category Winner: Judith Glick Buckman
Ms. Buckman has a BA in Elementary Education from American University and an MBA in Management and Marketing from Rutgers University. She is currently an employee at Hill International (Mt. Laurel) in the Marketing Department.
In addition to her educational and professional accomplishments, Ms. Buckman is a founding member of the Alice Paul Institute, where she sat on the Executive Board for 10 years, organized the Alice Paul 100th Birthday Celebration and developed The Alice Paul Institute's Girls Leadership Program. She has been a
member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) for 41 years where she has presented workshops on Leadership Development.
Ms. Buckman has served on the "Running and Winning" committee of the Burlington County League of Women Voters and co-produced "A Conversation on Race in America" at the Burlington County College in collaboration with the Southern Burlington County NAACP, along with a host of other accomplishments and community service initiatives.
2014 Jewish Community Voice article
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Moorestown event to kick off fund named for women's rights trailblazer
By SALLY FRIEDMAN
She comes from a long line of strong Jewish women. Judith Glick Buckman's late mother, Lucy Gelman Glick was a critically acclaimed South Jersey artist and human rights activist, and both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were feisty and determined sorts.
But Judith Buckman, affectionately known as Judy, has arguably taken that legacy to new heights, throwing in the eclectic interests of her late father, Abraham, a general dentist for 50 years in South Jersey who was a serious photographer and video collector.
Mention Buckman's name in women's leadership circles throughout the region, and recognition is instant. And no wonder.
Buckman, whose first career was teaching, recalls one of her most celebrated women's causes.
"When I was pregnant with our first child, and teaching in Cherry Hill back in 1971, the principal and superintendent said I had to leave, presumably because my expanding waistline would traumatize my young students," recalled this women's rights trailblazer.
Decades later, Buckman recalled what happened next: In order to stay, she had to retain lawyers who obtained an injunction, the first time they had dealt with discrimination based on sex rather than race.
Buckman remained in her classroom until three weeks before her son was born, and a year later. the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a similar case that this decision was to be made by a woman and her doctor, not her employer.
Buckman had experienced what she remembers hearing Gloria Steinem herself call "the click" - the moment when she realized that women themselves needed to change the status quo in seeking equality.
She immediately joined the National Organization for Women (NOW), then served in just about every office over the next 40 years. She is currently the South Jersey chapter's president.
In 1985, Buckman, along with several other NOW members, founded the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, (now the Alice Paul Institute) which is dedicated to honor the legacy of Paul, a South Jersey native who authored the Equal Rights Amendment and spent a lifetime championing women's rights.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being named as a 2015 recipient of the Alice Paul Equality Award, one that honors women who carry on Alice Paul's luminous legacy, Buckman also was named as an Outstanding Woman of Burlington County.
A current crusade, this one named for Glick herself, is the Judith Glick Buckman Fund for the Future, Inc., which will be dedicated to educating the entire community about the importance of women's contributions to all segments of American society. Invited speakers will address subjects like girls and technology, women heroes of the Civil Rights movement, and lead discussions of women's history, family life and volunteerism.
The kickoff event is on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the Moorestown Community House, 16 East Main Street, Moorestown. For more information, visit www.jgbfundforthefuture.org.