Wyoming Women's Suffrage

Wyoming Women's Suffrage Leaders

Though lovingly referred to as the "Cowboy State,” Wyoming’s true nickname is the "Equality State.” And for good reason. On December 10, 1869, Wyoming passed the first unconditional law in the U.S. permanently guaranteeing women their inherent right to vote and hold office, in addition to being home to other firsts for women throughout history.

The first female to cast a vote in the world did so in Wyoming’s small town of Laramie a full 50 years before women could vote in the rest of the nation. The first female governor was elected in Wyoming and the nation's first woman to be appointed to public office was done so in South Pass City, Wyoming. In addition, the Equality State is also the home to the first female jurors, the world's first female bailiff and the first town that was governed entirely by women.

When invited to join the Union only if women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.” In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state... with the women.

Discover the legacies of Wyoming Women at these historic sites and museums.

Wyoming grants women the right to vote and hold office Louisa Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman to vote Esther Hobart Morris becomes the first woman appointed to the justice of the peace Estelle Reel becomes one of the first women in the U.S. elected to state office U.S. grants Women the right to vote and hold office Nellie Tayloe Ross elected governor of Wyoming.
Today’s Leading Women of Wyoming

In 2019, Wyoming will celebrate the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state. To celebrate, we're deeming 2019 the Year of Wyoming Women. To this day the ladies of Wyoming continue a strong legacy of female empowerment and leadership, pushing boundaries to live out their dreams. Explore the stories of four inspiring Wyoming women.

Share your own stories with us on social media using #ThatsWYwomen.

Women-Led Experiences and Events
Suffragette High Tea

2nd Thurs of the Month Suffragette High Tea

1600 Central Ave Cheyenne, WY 82001

The Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming, presents a Suffragette High Tea on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 through August of 2019, with refreshments for sale and a free display of historic suffrage items. For more information, email [email protected] or click learn more below.

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Strong Willed Womens Retreat

July 25 - 28, 2019 Strong Willed Women's Wyoming Retreat

34 County Road 754 Savery, WY 82332

It took strong-willed women to fight for the right to vote, and we believe the need for self-confident, self-assured, strong-willed women in today’s world is even greater. Are you questioning your self-confidence? The Wyoming Women’s Retreat is your event! Through outdoor activities, workshops and one on one coaching sessions, we will help you find your moxie!

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SMBA Tails Day

Sept 6 - 7, 2019 SMBA Trails Day

1155 W Flaming Gorge Way Green River, WY 82935

Wyoming is the "Equality State," we became the 44th state in 1890....with Wyoming Women. Wyoming boasts the first female voter, first woman appointed to public office, first female juror, world's first female bailiff and first town governed by women. 2019, the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage, we're here to celebrate women and what better way to do that than on bikes!

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Proud Wyoming Women Retreat

Sept 13 - 15, 2019 Proud Wyoming Woman Retreat

603 South Main Street Rock Springs, WY 82901

This retreat was created in honor of the women of Wyoming and their journeys from the proud moment of Women’s Suffrage, in 1869, to the accomplishments of present day. The Proud Wyoming Women Retreat, a women-managed event, focuses on networking, art and culture, female health and wellness activities and incorporates outdoor activities such as fly fishing, dutch oven cooking, and trap-shooting.

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Wyoming is one of the destinations to visit in The New York Times Travel's “52 Places to Go in 2019” thanks to women’s empowerment and western charm. Find the Equality State at number 40.
Wyoming Women in the Media
Wyoming Women-Owned Businesses

From restaurants and distilleries to museums and inns, many of Wyoming's businesses are run be female entrepeneurs. Take a look at the listings below to see some of the women-owned businesses and locations highlighting women's history in the Equality State.

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More information on how to get your community, business or organization involved in Wyoming's women's suffrage celebration, is available on our industry site.

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