In 1869, the Wyoming Territorial Legislature became the first government in modern history to approve general and unconditional female suffrage, which also granted women the right to hold office, and in 1870, Louisa Swain cast the first vote under Wyoming's Suffrage Act. In 2020, America will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment of the US Constitution, giving women across the nation the right to vote. Wyoming—as a Territory and then as a State—preceded the United States government by more than 50 years in this progressive act.
The Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration, to be held in 2019 and 2020, commemorates these events. Its objective is “To honor our local contribution to history and foster broader recognition of it beyond our state, and to encourage research and advocacy on the right, privilege, and responsibility of the vote.”
These pages are hosted by the League of Women Voters, one of the organizations included in the Governor's Council. We are helping to coordinate plans, encouraging state groups to arrange related events.
We welcome your interest in the early record of general female suffrage. The historical record is sparse, and some early sources have been discredited. Please see the History page for more of the story. To offer historical materials of your own, please see our Collections page. To submit a proposal for a Suffrage Celebration project, please see the Proposals page.
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