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. Wyoming is home to many 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When invited to join the Union only if women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”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.

About Wyoming’s Women Suffrage

The Wyoming Office of Tourism invites you to join us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage. In an effort to commemorate the anniversary, we ask you, your organization and community to participate by creating projects, programs and events honoring the women of Wyoming and the right, privilege and responsibility of the vote.

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Industry News and Earned Coverage

“Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway Naming Designation of 19-mile Segment of Highway 28"

The naming of the 19-mile segment of Highway 28 will signify the advancement of women's suffrage, not only in Wyoming but throughout the nation.  The Wyoming Territorial Legislation of 1869 was "an act to grant the women of Wyoming Territory the right of suffrage, and to hold office."  This enacted legislation, originating in South Pass City, was the beginning of a pathway to the eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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In 2016, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead created the Governor's Council for the Wyoming Women's Suffrage Celebration. "The years 2019 and 2020 mark, respectively, 150 years of the Territorial Legislature granting female suffrage and 150 years of the first woman's vote in a general election in our state and we wish to organize a celebration that appropriately commemorates those anniversaries, anticipating a major celebration of female suffrage nationwide in 2020." Check out the links below to learn more about the organizations that are part of the council.