Celebrate Women’s Suffrage at the Carbon County Museum

When the nation rings in the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment this year, Wyoming will celebrate the 150th anniversary of women voting. In fact, the Wyoming Territory approved the first law in U.S. history granting women the right to vote in 1869 — more than 20 years before it became the 44th state. Aptly named the “Equality State,” Wyoming’s history is full of groundbreaking ladies. In their honor, the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins is featuring Grace, Grit, and Guts: Women of Carbon County, an exhibit that showcases visionary women who impacted south-central Wyoming and beyond. Read on to learn about Dr. Lillian Heath, just one of the innovating females spotlighted in the exhibit.

Dr. Lillian Heath was the first female physician in Wyoming — opening doors for women in medicine not only in Wyoming but also across the United States as a pioneer in her field. Heath’s family moved from Wisconsin to Iowa and eventually settled in Rawlins in 1877, where her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. She graduated from high school in Rawlins and grew up listening to medical stories and anecdotes from her father’s good friend and Union Pacific physician, Dr. Thomas Maghee.