LAKE COMO, NJ — Women serving in various roles in Lake Como government were recognized this week as part of Monmouth County’s yearlong commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon attended the borough council’s February 4 meeting for its passage of a resolution marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Hanlon also presented yellow roses — a symbol of voting rights’ support for women during the suffrage movement — to nearly 20 women in attendance, including members of the borough council, board of education, planning board and environmental commission, as well as those serving in municipal roles.

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“It took 100 years of blood, sweat and tears for women to earn the right to vote. Now, this group of women can hold elected offices, and board and staff positions in Lake Como,” said Councilwoman Hawley Skull, before reading the resolution that was made part of the public record by the governing body.

“The women’s suffrage movement involved tens of thousands of courageous women and men who fought for over seven decades for women to gain the right to vote,” said Hanlon in a press release announcing the centennial celebration. “It is imperative that we continue to teach our future generations about this historic campaign and inspire them to cherish and preserve the rights established by the 19th Amendment.”

While New Jersey ratified the amendment 100 years ago on February 9, it was officially ratified and became part of the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920.

Currently, there are more than 200,000 women registered to vote in Monmouth County.

Throughout the year, the county clerk’s office is working to engage and educate people of all ages through a variety of events and programs, as well as through social media.

For more information on the 19th Amendment Centennial Recognition Program, visit MonmouthCountyVotes.com or follow the county clerk's office on social media. Anyone with questions can email CountyClerk@co.monmouth.nj.us , or call 732-431-7324, ext. 8735.

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