This research on the status of women and girls in Mercer County was conducted by Dr. Sandy Gibson from the Counselor Education Department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), in collaboration with graduate student Ms. Lisa Camposano. The researchers examined census data, data from county and federal governments and individual programs within Mercer County, and program specific annual reports. To confirm observations from this review and to examine perceptions of needs in relevant service populations, Dr. Gibson interviewed 10 executive directors of key service agencies in the county. Focus group discussions among service providers, high school girls, and young women between the ages of 18 and 24 provided additional observations. An undergraduate student and member of the Women in Leadership and Learning program at TCNJ, Ms. Chaya Himelfarb, assisted in creating a comprehensive directory of services for all programs in Mercer County. Using the directory, the researchers connected identified needs of women and girls with relevant services, if available. This abridged report was prepared by Phyllis Frakt, a member of the Fund for Women and Girls and the former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rider University (retired).
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