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 after being granted universal suffrage, where this right was maintained in perpetuity, 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When invited to join the Union only if women’s suffrage was revoked, Wyoming’s legislature said, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.”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.
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Limerick Contest

In 1869, the Wyoming Territorial Legislature passed groundbreaking a law guaranteeing women their inherent right to vote and hold office. While fighting for suffrage was serious business, it also calls for a bit of celebratory silliness. Indulge in some good humor and hone your wordplay to devise a limerick that captures the wit, joy, and humor of Wyoming’s historic role in the suffrage story.

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State of Equality: WyomingPBS Special

Coming in December to WyomingPBS, the State of Equality explores Wyoming as the first state to guarantee women their inherent right to vote and hold office. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past.

 
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.

Share your own stories with us on social media using #ThatsWYwomen.

Women-Led Experiences and Events
Suffragette High Tea

2nd Thurs of the Month Suffragette High Tea

1600 Central Ave Cheyenne, WY 82001

The Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming, presents a Suffragette High Tea on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 through August of 2019, with refreshments for sale and a free display of historic suffrage items. For more information, email [email protected] or click learn more below.

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Proud Wyoming Women Retreat

Sept 13 - 15, 2019 Proud Wyoming Woman Retreat

603 South Main Street Rock Springs, WY 82901

This retreat was created in honor of the women of Wyoming and their journeys from the proud moment of Women’s Suffrage, in 1869, to the accomplishments of present day. The Proud Wyoming Women Retreat, a women-managed event, focuses on networking, art and culture, female health and wellness activities and incorporates outdoor activities such as fly fishing, dutch oven cooking, and trap-shooting.

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Wyoming Womens Expo

Sept 20 - 21, 2019 Wyoming Women's Expo

1 Events Dr Casper, WY 82601

The Wyoming Women’s Expo is a two-day tradeshow but it’s also so much more. There’s shopping at roughly 150 different vendor booths that offer a variety of products and services. For example, home décor and home improvement, auto sales and service, financial planning and real estate, skin & beauty, health & wellness, clothing and accessories, and beyond.

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Nov 7 - 8, 2019 Women's Suffrage on the Northern Plains: a Symposium

University of Wyoming - Wyoming Art Museum Laramie, WY 82070

Please join us for the opening lecture and reception. 4:30-6 PM: Guest lecture by Dr. Virginia Scharff, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico 6-7:30 PM: Reception and opportunity to view the Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery exhibition featuring work related to women’s suffrage, gender, and activism. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum located in the Centennial Complex; 2111 Willett Dr.

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First but last podcast

 

Brought to you by ThinkWY | Wyoming Humanities

First, But Last Podcast series focuses on Wyoming Women "Firsts" and Challenges us to think how can we do more to advance women in Wyoming.

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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.
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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 the listings below to see some of the women-owned businesses and locations highlighting women's history in the Equality State.

More information on how to get your community, business or organization involved in Wyoming's women's suffrage celebration, is available on our industry site.

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