NEW JERSEY’S HISTORICAL IMPACT IN THE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT
To add a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lawmakers must pass it through Congress. But that isn’t the only step involved. Individual states also have to approve and ratify the amendment. In 1920, New Jersey ratified the 19th Amendment, which ultimately gave women the right to vote. Although the women’s suffrage movement first gained national momentum in 1848, New Jersey gave women the right to vote around 80 years prior. In 1776, after the Revolutionary War, the state's constitution was written to give all land-owning people the right to vote, including women. It was even amended in 1790 to say “he or she,” clarifying that both men and women had the right to vote. There was a catch, though: Married women couldn’t vote since they couldn’t own property. However, in 1807, the law was amended to restrict voting to tax- paying, white, male citizens. The fight for women’s voting rights became more important than ever. In 1848, women organized the first national meeting about women’s suffrage in Seneca Falls, New York. Over 300 women attended the meeting, including suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Many important women’s rights organizations were formed in this era, such as the International Council of Women (ICW) and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA), which sparked an international wave of support for women’s voting rights.
Considering the momentum, people are often surprised by the massive efforts it took to progress the women’s voting rights movement within the United States. Although women successfully pressured Congress to vote on a women’s suffrage amendment in the 1870s, it took until July 1919 for Congress to actually pass the 19th Amendment. As each state voted to ratify the amendment, a few rejected it. The final waves of the anti-suffrage movement had significant influence in states like Georgia. In 1920, New Jersey’s history with women’s suffrage wouldn’t be shaken again. Feb. 9, 2020, marked the centennial of New Jersey ratifying the 19th Amendment, and August 26, 2020, will mark the national centennial of the 19th Amendment officially becoming part of the U.S. Constitution. We hope you celebrate by voting this year!
SESAME ZUCCHINI NOODLES
4 medium zucchini
3 tbsp pure sesame oil
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Salt, to taste
3/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 3 scallions, thinly sliced 1/4 cup chopped almonds
3 medjool dates, pitted and softened in warm water for 5 minutes 3 1/2 tbsp creamy, unsweetened almond butter
3 tbsp coconut aminos
1. If you have a spiralizer, use it to cut zucchini into noodles. Otherwise, use a peeler. Salt zucchini. Allow zucchini to “sweat” out water for 1 hour, wrap in a paper towel, and squeeze the water out. 2. In a food processor, blend dates with almond butter and aminos until smooth. 3. Add sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and vinegar and pulse until sauce is smooth. 4. In a pan, sauté zucchini noodles until heated and slightly softened. 5. Toss zucchini noodles with prepared sauce and top with scallions and almonds.
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