Women of Wyoming Pave the Way for Progress

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When invited to join the Union only if women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”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

In 2019, Wyoming will celebrate the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state and to this day, the ladies of Wyoming continue a strong legacy of female empowerment and leadership. Discover 7 places to celebrate the Women's suffrage movement in Wyoming this year. Share your stories with us using #ThatsWY.

 

 

 

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 granding 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.