CHATHAM, NJ - Tracy Ness came prepared for the occasion with her "19th amendment" face covering.
The Chatham Township Deputy Mayor is one of eight elected women serving in the borough and the township and Thursday night Ness read into the record the proclamation commemorating the passage of the 19th amendment. Chatham Borough passed a similar resolution at its meeting on Monday night.
The women's suffrage movement won women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Aug. 18, 1920 and was ratified by the U.S. Secretary of State on Aug. 26, 1920. New Jersey was the 29th state to ratify the amendment.
Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Tracy Ness reads proclamation celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment
The five-member Chatham Township Committee is dominated by women with Ness, Stacey Ewald, Celeste Fondaco and Karen Swartz all holding seats.
The Borough of Chatham Council has four women on its six-person council: Council president Jocelyn Mathiasen and members Carolyn Dempsey, Karen Koronkiewicz and Irene Treloar.
Chatham Borough Mayor Thad Kobylarz presented each of the four council members with copies of the proclamation, along with borough clerk Tamar Lawful at Monday's meeting.