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When invited to join the Union only if women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”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

Today’s Leading Women of Wyoming

In 2019, Wyoming will celebrate the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in the state. To this day, the ladies of Wyoming continue a strong legacy of female empowerment and leadership. Explore the stories of three Inspiring Wyoming Women. Share your own stories with us on social media using #ThatsWY.

Cara Libatore

This Wyoming mountain guide climbed through her mother’s breast cancer and her own, harnessing the healing power within Wyoming’s wildest places.

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Jessie Allen

As ranch manager of Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch, this former Miss Wyoming goes the extra mile to prove she’s just as capable as the guys.

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Amber Pollock

Striving to put Wyoming distillers on the map, this distillery co-owner helped found the Wyoming Distillers Guild and is currently the organization’s president.

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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.