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Women's Suffrage volunteers in Monmouth County in 1919. (Photo: Monmouth County Clerk's Office.)

Videos on NJ suffrage movement nominated for Emmy award

By David Wildstein, July 19 2021 12:46 pm

A series of five videos highlighting New Jersey’s suffrage movements and changes to voting rights in New Jersey over time has been nominated for an Emmy Award by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The videos were created for the New Jersey Historical Commission as part of a commemoration of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.  First Lady Tammy Murphy and Secretary of State Tahesha Way co-chaired the NJ Women Vote partnership.

“While the Nineteenth Amendment legally granted American women the right to vote, the franchise remained restricted for Black, Native American, and immigrant women even after its passage,” said NJHC Executive Director Sara Cureton. “The NJ Women Vote series seeks to reveal the complicated story of women’s suffrage, covering the diverse women across time who advocated for voting rights here in New Jersey. It reminds us that the fight to vote continues to this day.”

Way aid that the NJ Women Vote series provided historical context to the suffrage movement.

“Only a little over 100 years ago, women in the United States could not vote,” said Way.  “Thanks to the diverse activists who fought for decades to achieve this right, and to those who continue to do so today, we can actively participate in our democracy.”

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