UNION, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Elizabeth Councilwomen Patricia Perkins-Auguste co-hosted a breakfast attended by 200 women from across Union and Essex Counties to celebrate and acknowledge that women have only had the right to vote in America for 100 years on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Galloping Hill Golf Course.

The event attracted elected officials and their constituents from across north and central New Jersey. Attendees wore white in honor of the suffragettes who fought tor voting rights in the early 1900s.

"As we head into 2020, we need to make sure people exercise their right to vote and not squander what those courageous women gave us," said Mayor Mahr. "We know how important it is -- especially this year. We must stand on the shoulders of the suffragettes. Women need to come out and vote in the 2020 election and make their voices heard."

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Speakers included Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, NJ Secretary of State Tahesha Way, Sharon Stroye, Director of Public Engagement at the School of Public Affairs at Rutgers University–Newark, and Adele Kenny, Fanwood's poet laureate, who read an original poem. Notable elected officials on hand included Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, Union County Freeholders, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, Mayor Shelley Brindle of Westfield, Mayor Christine Dansereau of Roselle, and numerous other municipal officials.

Today, February 9, actually marks 100 years to the day that New Jersey ratified the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.