SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – March is 'Women's History Month' and, at a virtual meeting earlier this week, Mayor Matt Anesh proclaimed as such in the Borough of South Plainfield. 

“Women of every race, class and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our community, our state, and our nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways,” states the proclamation read by Anesh during the March 1 meeting. "Women's History is an opportunity for us to recognize the influence that women have made to our nation, and to honor those who blazed trails for women's empowerment and equality."

According to, Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 with the first ever ‘Women’s History Week’ authorized by Congress and approved by the president. Over the next six years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as ‘Women’s History Week,’ and, in 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress approved legislation designating the month-long celebration. 

Each year since, annual resolutions requesting and authorizing the president to proclaim March as Women’s History Month have been passed and, in the borough, the mayor and council have called on residents to 'observe…the many contributions of American women.' 

“The history of American women is an expansive story of outstanding individuals who sacrificed much and worked hard in pursuit of a better world, where peace, dignity, and opportunity can reign…" stated the mayor in the proclamation,. "Women of strength, vision, and character have long influenced our country by contributing their time, efforts, and wisdom in vastly diverse ways to improve and enhance our government and communities, our schools and religious institutions, our businesses and the military, and the arts and science…”

Anesh opened the meeting to public comment, with resident Debbie Boyle and Councilwoman Christine Faustini extending thanks to the mayor and borough for their continued recognition of Women's History Month. 

"This is very much appreciated. Thank you" said Boyle, accepting the proclamation on behalf of both South Plainfield Suburban Women's Club and the South Plainfield Leadership Team. 

"I just want to thank you. Let us all remember how much work it took to get here. We should continue lifting each other up," added Faustini. 

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