HACKENSACK – The League of Women Voters is celebrating “Women’s Equality Day” on Aug. 26 and the advancements toward achieving full political, economic and social equality.
The date commemorates the 99th anniversary of the 19th constitutional Amendment adoption, granting women the right to vote in the United States.
"The League was founded in 1920, just months before the 19th Amendment was adopted," Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States and chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund said. Carson was elected as the 19th president and has been a member of her local League for over 30 years, serving all of its leadership roles.
"As we approach the centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment; and the League in 2020, I am encouraged by the women leaders who continue to advocate for equality for all, she said"
Bergen County has a rich history of residents advocating for women's rights. The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley remembers suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who lived in Tenafly, and Susan B. Anthony visiting her to write the history of Woman Suffrage.
In 1880, Stanton tried unsuccessfully to vote at the polls in Tenafly.
These suffragists and others advocated for the 19th Amendment across the country; they knew increasing access for all to the ballot box strengthened democracy.
"The League of Women Voters of Northern Valley marks Women’s Equality Day by preparing voters to make informed decisions in the next election in New Jersey on Nov. 5. Our focus is to protect voting rights for all and ensure everyone can exercise their right to vote. The League does not support or oppose candidates and is not affiliated with any political party," Joyce Luhrs, Vice President of Marketing, League of Women Voters of Northern Valley said.
Luhrs stressed the first step is to register to vote. “Our foremothers understood voting provides citizens with the ability to impact the critical issues facing their communities. To accomplish this, people need to register to vote. This fall, the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley's members from 27 municipalities in Bergen County will work to make democracy strong through voter registration drives, educational forums, and local advocacy,” she said.
New Jersey is only one of seven state legislative chambers holding elections in 2019. To prepare voters for this election, the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley plans to expand its voters service activities to ensure residents are registered to vote, know where to vote and can get to their polling place, and have information about the candidates.
For information about the election process, including polling place locations and hours, information directly from the candidates regarding their vision for America’s future, absentee ballot and early voting options, registration deadlines, ID requirements, and much more, visit the League's election information at www.vote411.org.