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When invited to join the Union only if women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”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

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

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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.

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Rebecca Walsh

Rebecca shares her love for the outdoors with women who didn’t grow up camping and hiking, breaking down barriers by giving women the skills and knowledge needed to get outside. In the community she built, all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and outdoor experience levels are welcome.

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Rebecca Walsh

Amber Pollock

Amber Pollock

Amber and her family started Backwards Distillery to create quality, locally-crafted spirits to share with their community. 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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Cara Libatore

Cara is a rock climber and Wyoming mountain guide who fell in love with the Tetons as a teenager. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and when she later faced the same cancer herself, she delt with it the only way she knew how: by climbing, harnessing the healing power within Wyoming’s wildest places.

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Cara Libatore

Jessie Allen

Jessie Allen

Jessie spent her childhood playing outside, working with her hands and riding horses to the creek on her family's guest ranch. Now, as ranch manager of Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch, this former Miss Wyoming is proud to run a business that provides meaningful experiences for people all over the world.

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