WESTFIELD, NJ — Women and girls dressed in all white stood at the dais as Westfield’s town council passed a resolution Tuesday in honor of 100 years of women’s right to vote in the United States.
“Sunday was the 100th anniversary of New Jersey’s vote to ratify the 19th Amendment,” said Mayor Shelley Brindle during the town council meeting. “So I’m going to do something a little unorthodox. I’m going to ask these two [council]women and I’m going to ask all of you ladies out there to come up here while I read this resolution.”
As women joined her on the dais, she noted, “You could get lost in all this sea of white.”
“New Jersey has had a long, storied history in the suffrage movement, with New Jersey women playing a crucial role in pursuing the rights of women to vote,” Brindle read from the resolution.
“New Jersey suffragists Allison Turnbull Hopkins, Julia Hulburt, Beatrice Reynolds Kinkead and Minnie D. Abbott picketed in front of the White House as part of the Silent Sentinels and subsequently were arrested and imprisoned,” Brindle read.
You can watch her read the entire resolution in the town's video via YouTube: