TRENTON — Several New Jersey governors and a host of other political VIPs will speak Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, 7-8 p.m., during a virtual gala to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

First Lady Tammy Murphy will host the free event, which can be viewed via Zoom or Facebook Live on the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Facebook page.

“With all the attention on voting rights issues across the country and in New Jersey, the League of Women Voters is as vital and relevant today, as it was when it was founded in 1920,” said Jesse Burns, executive director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. “Our virtual gala will celebrate not just the League’s past but our future, and fire up New Jersey residents to get engaged with the upcoming election.”

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The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 as a mighty political experiment, charged with helping newly enfranchised women exercise their right to vote. The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan, serving as government watchdogs operating independently and outside of party politics. A defender of democracy, the League fights for women’s rights. In New Jersey, the League serves voters and partners with many organizations to pass meaningful public policy.

From issues of social justice to challenges faced during Superstorm Sandy, the rich history of voting in the Garden State will be discussed by New Jersey leaders. Speakers during the virtual gala include:

  • Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy;
  • Former Govs. Thomas Kean, James Florio, Christie Todd Whitman, James McGreevey, Jon Corzine, Chris Christie, Richard Codey;
  • Lt. Gov Sheila Oliver and former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno;
  • Secretary of State Tahesha Way and former Secretary of State Rev. DeForest “Buster” Soaries;
  • Other special guests.

“We are thrilled to have such esteemed New Jersey leaders involved with our 100th anniversary event,” said Nancy Hedinger, president of the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. “Besides celebrating the League’s milestone, the virtual gala will provide information about how any New Jersey citizen can participate in the electoral process in the Garden State.”

The event also serves as the kick-off of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s Centennial Campaign. This $1,000,000 campaign seeks to build organizational power for the next generation of women leaders and voting rights activists.

Register for the free virtual gala at