CHATHAM, NJ - In addition to lighting up the front of borough hall purple in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the Borough of Chatham Council passed resolutions commemorating the centennial of the women's right to vote and the formation of the League of Women Voters at its meeting Monday night.
Chatham resident Rozella Clyde recalls meeting Alice Paul, one of the original leaders of New Jersey's Women's Suffrage movement in Washington, D.C., when she was a young woman.
Paul had organized the Suffrage Parade in 1913 when "General" Rosalie Jones led an automobile rally that passed through New Jersey on the way to Washington, D.C..
"Chatham Borough had its own chapter of the League of Women Voters from 1948 until 2012," Clyde said. "In 2012, the league which had merged with Chatham Township and Madison, merged with Randolph and Morristown to form the Morristown Area League."
Clyde, the education director of the Morristown Area League of Women Voters and a member of the state League of Women Voters Education Committee, noted that the League of Women Voters is a family organization that is also open to men (see video below).
Helen Ann Rosenfeld of the Chatham Historical Society also received one of the resolutions honoring the participants of the Women's Suffrage movement that led to the ratification of the 19th amendment in August of 1920 (see video below).