Women officials will celebrate centennial of 19th Amendment, Aug. 30 in Madison

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A century ago, after a long and bitter struggle, women achieved the right to vote in the United States.

Some women, anyway. African American women would be forced to wait until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to freely exercise their rights as citizens.

Elected female officials and other prominent Greater Morristown women will celebrate passage of the Nineteenth Amendment at 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, on the steps of Madison Borough Hall, 50 Kings Road.

“The Nineteenth Amendment empowered women to have their voices heard in politics. No longer were they to submit to laws passed by men whom they never consented to represent them. This empowered women to invest in American politics more than ever before,” said Morristown Councilwoman Sandi Mayer.

Sunday’s bipartisan, rain-or-shine event is presented in cooperation with the League of Women Voters and the NAACP.

Aug. 18 was the historic 100th anniversary of the passage of the amendment. It was certified by the U.S. Secretary of State on Aug. 26, 1920.

All are invited to the celebration. Social distancing protocols will be followed and masks are required.

Featured speakers: Leslie Bensley, executive director of the Morris County Tourism Bureau; Vanessa Brown, president of the Morris County NAACP; Donna Guariglia and Marie Fornaro, co-presidents of the Morristown-Area League of Women Voters; Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-25th Dist.), Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27th Dist.); and youth activists.

The host committee includes Madison Mayor Bob Conley, Morris Township Mayor Cathy Wilson, Mendham Township Committeewoman Amalia Duarte, Morris Plains Committeewoman Nancy Verga, Morristown Councilwoman Mayer, Mountain Lakes Councilwoman Lauren Barnett, Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilwoman Janice McCarthy and Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilwoman Emily Peterson.

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