Clerk Hanlon Hosts "Pink Tea" Event in Recognition of the 19th Amendment Centennial
In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of New Jersey ratifying the 19th Amendment on February 9, 1920, Clerk Hanlon hosted a Pink Tea last evening at the historic Woman's Club of Matawan. The event was an opportunity for all women elected officials and members of the League of Women Voters in Monmouth County to gather and meet, and to collectively recognize the centennial of the women's suffrage movement.

During the early part of the 20th century, pink tea gatherings were utilized by suffragists to secretly meet and discuss their campaign for voting rights. Historically, pink teas provided a disguise of a frivolous affair but in reality, were an opportunity for women, whose husbands, relatives, and peers did not want them to engage in politics, to meet and to do so.

New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, who is the top election official in the State of New Jersey, overseeing the State Division of Elections, served as our keynote speaker and discussed the importance of the historic milestone and the State's "NJ Women Vote" 19th Amendment Centennial Organization.

Peggy Dellinger, President of the League of Women Voters’ Southern Monmouth Chapter, as well as a trustee and the exhibit chair for the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, spoke about her “Votes for Women: New Jersey and Beyond” museum exhibit and provided a historical overview of the women’s suffrage movement. Also, Jesse Burns, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey informed about the national organization's 100th anniversary.

Thank you to all who attended! The event was a part of Clerk Hanlon's year-long 19th Amendment Centennial Recognition Program to engage and educate people of all ages about this historic milestone. #WomensVote100Monmouth
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