NJ Historical Commission Series on Voting History Wins in the Competitive NY Region
NJ Women Vote, a video series created by the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC), a division of the New Jersey Department of State, was awarded an Emmy in the competitive New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on October 30, 2021 in the category of Historical/Cultural-Short Form Content. Over the course of five, 90-second installments, the series explores the changes to voting rights in New Jersey over time, noting who determined the limits of suffrage, and how those who were denied the franchise sought to secure it. It also highlights leading voices in New Jersey’s suffrage movements, and examines the challenges that racism, sexism, and classism presented in the fight for the ballot.
“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.”
NJ Women Vote, produced by award-winning PCK Media, was released in 2020 as part of the state’s partnership to commemorate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100. The partnership, co-chaired by New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, included over 70 individuals and organizations engaged in planning major projects and events related to the history of voting in New Jersey. Two lead partners in this effort, the Alice Paul Institute and Middlesex County, NJ, co-sponsored the video series.
“The NJ Women Vote series provides historical context,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “Only a little over 100 years ago, women in the United States could not vote. 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.”
“Understanding the past is essential to our future,” observed First Lady Tammy Murphy. “The NJ Women Vote initiative and this excellent video series highlight the relevance of history to the challenges we face right now. The Governor and I are delighted that the New Jersey Historical Commission has been recognized for its outstanding work in developing programs that engage our residents and visitors in exploring the past and how it shapes our lives today.”
The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.