CHATHAM, NJ - The 2020 Chatham Township Reorganization Meeting had a white theme to it on Thursday night when Stacey Ewald and Celeste Fondaco were sworn in as the newest members of the Chatham Township Committee.
Last year marked the 100-year anniversary of when the women's suffrage movement gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment. The century mark of the women's right to vote coincided with the election of Ewald and Fondaco in November 2019. Those two joined committee members Tracy Ness and Karen Swartz to make it a committee now consisting of 80 percent women.
Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill commemorated the event (see video below) by swearing in the new members, as well as newly sworn-in Deputy Mayor Ness, as all wore white in honor of the suffrage movement.
"It is such an honor to be here tonight," Sherrill said. "As you might have noticed, I'm wearing white as are several of the women here tonight because we are about the celebrate the committee becoming majority female. And I think it's especially appropriate that it happened this year on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women got the right to vote."