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Womanspace to Honor Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman at 28th Annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award Dinner May 30th

April 1, 2024 – Womanspace, a Mercer County nonprofit dedicated to serving individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, is pleased to announce that Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman will be honored with the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award in recognition of her tireless advocacy, dedication, and achievements in advancing gender equality, empowering women, and supporting initiatives that promote a more just, equitable, and violence-free community for all. 


The 28th Annual Awards Dinner will be held at 5:30pm on May 30th, 2024 at the Boathouse on Mercer Lake.

Bonnie Watson Coleman has served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 12th congressional district since 2015 and is the first Black woman to represent New Jersey in Congress. She is a member of the Appropriations Committee and serves as Chair of the Policing, Constitution, and Equality task force in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Watson Coleman has introduced legislation to ensure the safety, civil rights, and quality of life for all in her district, especially women, economically disadvantaged populations, and other vulnerable groups. She is a founder of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls and is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. 


On being selected as this year’s Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award recipient, Rep, Watson Coleman said "I am honored and humbled to receive the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award. Barbara and my father served together on the Mercer County Board of Freeholders. When she and my mother had cancer, Barbara would come comfort my mother. To receive an award previously granted to such esteemed peers as Cokie Roberts, Diane Sawyer, and C. Vivian Stringer is a high honor. I thank Womanspace for the work that they've done and for recognizing the efforts of men and women who have worked so hard to advance the work of those fighting to end violence against women and create a safer and more peaceful world." 


The Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award is presented to an individual who has used their platform to raise public awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault and inspire others to greater action and engagement in their own communities. The award is named for Barbara Boggs Sigmund who as Mayor of Princeton and the first woman Freeholder in Mercer County, was the driving political force behind the 1977 founding of Womanspace. Daughter of the late Congressman Hale Boggs and the Honorable Lindy Boggs, Barbara’s dedication as a public servant, particularly in her crusade against domestic violence, is unparalleled even today.


In addition to an inspiring award ceremony, the night will include a cocktail reception followed by dinner, drinks, and an exciting raffle. Guests who attend the Awards Dinner, Womanspace’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and sponsor it at a certain level will also be invited to a VIP Reception with Rep. Watson Coleman herself.


For sponsorship opportunities, donations, tickets, and more, visit The proceeds from this event go to providing services for women, men, and children affected by domestic or sexual violence.


For information on agency events and updates, follow Womanspace on Facebook and Instagram.


Founded in 1977, Womanspace is a leading nonprofit organization serving the greater Mercer County area and the state of New Jersey by providing a comprehensive array of emergency and follow-up services to individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Womanspace is dedicated to improving the quality of life for victims, survivors, and their families. Bilingual services and programs include 24/7 crisis intervention, safe, short-term emergency shelter, short and long-term transitional housing, individual counseling and therapeutic support groups for adults and children, court advocacy and the 24/7 crisis hotline 609-394-9000. Womanspace also operates the 24/7 New Jersey Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 800-572-SAFE and the NJ Statewide Sexual Violence Hotline 800-601-7200. To learn more about Womanspace please visit


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