On behalf of the Union County Commission on the Status of Women and the Union County Office on Women we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of 2018’s The Union County Women of Excellence Award in Government recipient and Scotch Plains Councilwoman, Rose Checchio.  Rose Checchio’s significant contributions will not be soon forgotten and Rose’s outstanding and unwavering dedication to the people of Scotch Plains and the entire Union County community will always be remembered.  

Union County Women Making History Video Series – Jan Lilien 

The Union County Board of Freeholders is proud to announce that the Union County Office on Women has created a new series of videos highlighting women of achievement and leadership here in Union County, NJ. The new video series will be called Union County Women Making History.

This video features Jan Lilien, YWCA and her work that is an inspiration to breakdown the stereotypes of domestic violence survivors. It is the second of a series of videos that highlight the achievements of the women of Union County and their contributions. 

YWCA is on mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities:  ywcaweekwithoutviolence.org/join-us

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders proudly invites you to the first
Union County LGBTQ History Month Celebration
organized by the UC Office of LGBTQ Services and Office on Women 
‘Battle of the Sexes’ screening and discussion Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 PM at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage (360 Hamilton St, Rahway)

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, Union County recognizes the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer icons, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements with a screening of ‘Battle of the Sexes’ followed by a discussion with NJ equality advocates and civil rights activists. Billie Jean King while inarguably is a LGBTQ icon, and a  fierce athlete – she is also the first woman to defeat a former male Wimbledon champion in the Battle of the Sexes – off the court Billy Jean King is a champion of women’s rights and equality. Those expecting a straightforward sports movie may be surprised by its intimacy, as it draws a parallel between the weight of having to prove the worth of all female athletes in that one match, and the distress of hiding a secret affair with her female hairdresser from both her husband Larry and the world.

Division of Outreach and Advocacy 


Jennifer Erdos, Coordinator

Fax 527-4875
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, 2nd Floor
Elizabeth, NJ


The mission of the Office on Women is to help ensure that women connect with services and programs that enable them to reach their full potential at every stage of their lives, in education, in employment and business, health, and in the social fabric of Union County, and to raise awareness of the many contributions that women make to life in Union County.


The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce the development of the new Office on Women. Established under the Department of Human Services, the Union County Office on Women is the first County government office of its kind in New Jersey.

“The Office on Women will provide a platform for leadership and advocacy on the needs of women of all ages, and serve as a catalyst for awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact women’s lives,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

The new Office on Women serves women in all walks of life throughout Union County. Through analysis, research and strategic collaboration the Office on Women will work to ensure that local programs and services support women’s leadership, equality and advancement in the home, at work and in the community.