UNION, NJ - This year marks the centennial of women's suffrage in the U. S. Why did it take so long?  Discover the answer in Linda Barth's presentation, "Alice Paul: Champion of Women's Suffrage," based on her book of the same name. 

The Union Township Historical Society will host the program.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served during the book signing, following the presentation.

Barth tells the story of the suffragists’ bringing the vote to American women.  NJ's women were prime movers in that process—with marches, protests, and jail time.  NJ suffragist Alice Paul helped secure ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920.

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Barth worked with the NJ state committee to plan events celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.  A lifelong resident of the Garden State, she wrote two books on the D & R Canal, as well as three children’s picture books—Bridgetender’s Boy, Hidden New Jersey, and Alice Paul: Champion of Women’s Suffrage.  Linda also authored A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone and New Jersey Originals.  With her husband, she published The Millstone Valley Through Time and Somerville Through Time.  Barth also contributed to the Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

Barth spent 45 years in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District, teaching 4th grade, then substituting after retirement. She’s executive director of the League of Historical Societies of NJ and president of D&R Canal Watch, a friends organization of the D&R Canal State Park.

The event will be held on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue.