2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. This is one of the most exciting historical anniversaries in the United States and resources are available for educators to use in all grade levels. Partnering with the NJ Historical Commission, NJ Women Vote 100, and NJ History Day, NJEA is pleased to provide these resources:

2020: 100th Anniversary of American Women’s Right to Vote

One of the most exciting historical anniversaries is on the horizon, and the time to plan community events and student projects is now! The history of the franchise to vote in the United States is an important part of civics, U.S. History, and World History.

The New Jersey Council for the Social Studies (NJCSS) is collaborating with the Alice Paul Institute and other historical groups in New Jersey in planning programs for students, teachers and the public. The main event that NJCSS would like schools to recognize is Feb. 9, 2020, the date that New Jersey ratified the 19th Amendment. NJCSS is considering a statewide digital vote for students as an activity for schools in each of the 21 counties in New Jersey.

NJCSS, the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Women Vote, the Alice Paul Institute and other historical groups in New Jersey are developing plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. These include professional development workshops for teachers in May and July 2019 that will feature Janet Moore Lindman of Rowan University and Erica Ryan of Rider University as keynote speakers. Participants will engage with documents and classroom resources to collaborate on the development of a model lesson or activity.

Teachers interested in these programs should visit njcss.org for information on their dates, locations and to register. Programs and activities for students are also being planned.

New Jersey National History Day will promote research related to women’s suffrage combining their professional development with the workshops sponsored by New Jersey Women Vote and coordinated by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Alice Paul Institute and the NJCSS. The national theme for National History Day 2020 is “Breaking Barriers in History,” which provides the perfect platform for performances, documentaries, exhibits, papers and websites highlighting women’s suffrage.

For more information on New Jersey National History Day, email njhistoryday@wpunj.edu.

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment-NJ Women Vote

NJ Women Vote offers resources to help guide research and program development related to the history of women’s suffrage in New Jersey and beyond. Website links include curriculum, research resources, biographies, maps, and much more, including the role of New Jersey women and allies in the suffrage movement. Please contact us at NJWomenVote100@gmail.com with suggestions or comments. Classroom resources

New Jersey History Day

The New Jersey History Day program is an affiliate of National History Day (NHD), an exciting education program that engages students in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Either individually or in a group, students present their historical research on a topic related to the competition’s annual theme in the form of a performance, exhibit, documentary, website, or paper. These projects are then evaluated at local, regional, and state competitions that culminate in a national contest every June at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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The History Day program is open to all students in grades 6-12, and is held May 2nd at William Patterson University. Regional Contests are held this March at Monmouth, Rutgers, and Seton Hall Universities. Judges are needed in all categories and NJEA members are encouraged to apply for positions. For more information, please reach out NJ History Day coordinator Nancy Norris-Bauer at njhistoryday@wpunj.edu.

100 Years of Suffrage—The Lebanon Township Museum

The Lebanon Township Museum is pleased to announce a two-month celebration of 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage with a multi-faceted exhibit and a number of exciting events. 100 YEARS OF SUFFRAGE: A Celebration in Quilts created by The Courthouse Quilters on display from February 1st through March 28th. The Courthouse Quilters are a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose purpose includes preserving and promoting the history of quilting and supporting charitable activities. Learn more

100th Anniversary of NJ Women Vote: Online Biographical Dictionary

NJ Women Vote website features biographies of New Jersey suffragists in an easy to use, searchable Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States. This helpful resource for teachers, civic and history organizations, and anyone in the state researching suffragists from different NJ communities will find important information about the women, their allies, and the communities that played a role in the Suffrage movement. 

100th Anniversary of NJ Women Vote: Slow Roll

Women and girls celebrated their new freedom to move around in the world when they began riding bicycles. It was believed that bicycling was the catalyst for giving women a fuller sense of their role in life. Susan B. Anthony thought bicycling had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the NJ Suffrage Slow Roll, where cyclists can bicycle to sites along the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton, NJ. Details

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