After early programs and events, and a major celebration on the sesquicentennial of female suffrage, projects across Wyoming declined due to coronavirus precautions. Please enjoy our online resources, and please register and cast an informed vote in every election for which you qualify.
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. We welcome your interest in the early record of general female suffrage, and recommend the Wyoming Women's Suffrage website from the Wyoming State Archives:
Wyoming Women's Suffrage
The Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration, held in 2019 and 2020, commemorated 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 of Wyoming, one of the organizations included in the Governor's Council.