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When invited to join the Union only if women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”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

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52 PLACES TO GO IN 2019
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 some of the women-owned businesses and locations highlighting women's history in the Equality State.

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For information on how to get your community, business or organization involved in Wyoming's women's suffrage celebration, go here.