Wyoming Suffrage History in Context
Other states and countries have granted women the right to vote in limited circumstances. The Territory of Wyoming was the first to pass general and unconditional suffrage for female citizens.
Female Suffrage Highlights
- 1807: Women who owned property could vote in New Jersey until this date, when the State Assembly passed a law limiting suffrage to free white males.
- 1869: The Wyoming Territorial Legislature grants female suffrage under a general and unconditional franchise.
- 1870: Louisa Swain of Laramie casts the first vote by a woman under general and unconditional voting female suffrage.
- 1870: Utah Territory grants female suffrage, revoked in 1887 by Congress, restored in 1895 upon statehood.
- 1890: Wyoming enters the Union with female suffrage intact, becoming the first state where women could vote.
- 1893: Colorado becomes the first state to enact women’s suffrage by popular referendum
- 1893: New Zealand, a British colony, grants female suffrage.
- 1894: Australia, a British colony, grants female suffrage.
- 1920: The 19th Amendment gives equal voting rights to American women nationally.
- 2019-2020: Major celebration of the Wyoming women's vote.
- 2020: Anticipated major celebration of female suffrage nationwide.
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