Local Officials Celebrate 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment


MORRIS COUNTY — A special ceremony was held at the Madison Borough Hall on Sunday, August 30. Approximately 100 people, including many county officials, gathered to recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

August is a big month in the fight for women’s equality!

August 18 was the historic 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in which women finally won the right to vote. And, August 26 marks the official certification of the amendment by the U.S. Secretary of State.

The story did not end here. The fight continued until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 when women of color finally gained this basic, fundamental right in a democracy.

A group of Morris County elected officials honored these milestone moments by hosting a bipartisan celebration on Sunday, August 30.

Elected Morris County women at the local, county, state, and federal levels were invited to attend as well as the general public.

The event was held on the spacious steps of the historic town hall, with social distancing protocols followed and masks were required.

Featured speakers included Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi

The lineup of featured speakers included Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Leslie Bensley, executive director, Morris County Tourism Bureau; Vanessa Brown, president, Morris County NAACP; Donna Guariglia and Marie Fornaro, co-presidents, Morristown-Area League of Women Voters; Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (D-25), Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27); and youth activists.

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

For more information on the League of Women Voters, Morristown Area click here.