NJ Women Vote Suffrage “Solo” Slow Roll
Throughout 2020, NJ Women Vote: The 19th Amendment at 100 has been commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. In light of the global health crisis, and the particular impact it has had on New Jersey communities, maintaining public safety has become the initiative’s main concern. NJ Women Vote, however, acknowledges that many New Jerseyans are still dedicated to honoring this year’s important milestone, and is continuing its efforts to mark the centennial, celebrate women’s history, and encourage civic engagement.
The Suffrage Solo Slow Roll campaign asks New Jerseyans throughout the state to engage with and explore the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail through an interactive scavenger hunt. The Women’s Heritage Trail is a guide of historic places throughout the state that collectively tell the stories of New Jersey women, past and present, who have shaped history. A project of the NJ State Historic Preservation Office, Preservation NJ, and the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation, work on the Trail started in 2000 and, at the time, represented the first comprehensive state-wide survey of women’s history sites in the country.
Kicking off August 1, 2020, participants are encouraged to bike – or, if preferred, walk or drive – on their own or in small family groups, to various sites on the heritage trail, submitting a selfie and caption at each site along the way. Those who visit the most sites will enter to win special prizes. Younger participants will also have the opportunity to submit and share artwork inspired by NJ women’s history to be considered for a prize. The official campaign period will close on August 31, 2020
For those who decide to participate in the Solo Slow Roll via bicycle, please be advised that it is New Jersey law that cyclers must wear helmets. NJ Women Vote also encourages all participants to following Center for Disease Control guidelines pertaining to face covering when visiting sites.
The first 100 registrants will receive a free NJ Women Vote t-shirt. A “Plan Your Ride” guide of sites along the Women’s Heritage Trail will be shared with all who register. For more information and to register for the Suffrage Solo Slow Roll, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suffrage-slow-roll-tickets-99402946890.
For those participating in the campaign, download the full NJ Women’s Heritage Trail booklet and a “Plan Your Ride” guide to publicly accessible sites along the Trail below:
NJ Women Vote would like to thank our key partners for this event: the Alice Paul Institute, New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Historic Trust, NJ Historic Preservation Office, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc – NJ Chapters.