Press Release

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2020

Join a Virtual Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Victory, and Explore the Road Ahead

High-level panel will explore the road to progress on women’s equality following the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to join The 100th Anniversary Suffrage Victory and the Effects on the Modern Woman, a virtual panel event to be held Monday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. featuring New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and a distinguished panel of elected officials and educators working in Union County and throughout the state.

Registration is required to receive Zoom link for this event. To register, visit  tinyurl.com/NJSTRONG before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 15.

“In this historic 2020 election cycle, with an unprecedented number of votes cast for President and Vice President, it is all the more important to measure how far we have come toward ensuring the right to vote and achieving gender equality for all,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “There is much more work to be done, and I encourage everyone to join in the discussion and help chart the way forward.”

“The Freeholder Board is dedicated to raising awareness about the many generations of women who have worked toward equal rights, and helping today’s generation gain a more comprehensive awareness about the obstacles and opportunities that we face in the years ahead,” said Union County Freeholder Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “The outpouring of participation in the 2020 election cycle has inspired and re-energized us to help ensure that the leaders of tomorrow reflect the diversity of Union County, New Jersey, and the United States of America.”

Guests of Honor include:

First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy

New Jersey State Senator Nellie Pou, 35th Legislative District

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi

Panelists include:

Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, President of Union County College

Rebecca Mark, Director of Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership

Dr. Sadaf Jaffer, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University

Dr. Joanne J. Noel, Associate Dean, Alternative Programs, Pillar College

Dr. Barbara Ridener, Dean of College of Education, Kean University

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Gloucester County CSW Liaison

The panel will be moderated by Dianne Bautista, Chair of Somerset County Commission on the State of Women and Shelly L. Bell, Vice Chair of the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.

The 100th Anniversary Suffragette Victory and the Effects on the Modern Woman was created as through the work of the Multi-County Commission on the Status of Women, the Union County Commission on the Status of women, the Union County Office on Women in the Department of Economic Development.

For more information on the Union County Office on Women, visit ucnj.org/women.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University and the Mobile Test Unit walk-up sites, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 and updates on statewide vaccine planning are available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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