Celebrating 150 Years of Wyoming Women’s Suffrage
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 – a full 50 years before women in the rest of the nation were guaranteed this same right. The Wyoming Governor's Council for Wyoming Women's Suffrage Celebration invites you to join us as we honor the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage. In an effort to commemorate the anniversary, we ask you, your organization and community to participate by creating projects, programs and events honoring the women of Wyoming and the right, privilege and responsibility of the vote.
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Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Pathway Naming Designation of 19-mile Segment of Highway 28
The naming of the 19-mile segment of Highway 28 will signify the advancement of women's suffrage, not only in Wyoming but throughout the nation. The Wyoming Territorial Legislation of 1869 was "an act to grant the women of Wyoming Territory the right of suffrage, and to hold office." This enacted legislation, originating in South Pass City, was the beginning of a pathway to the eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Wyoming Declares 2019 The "Year of Wyoming Women" As It Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage
December 10, 2018 - Ahead of the new year, the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) today announced 2019 as the “Year of Wyoming Women,” as the state prepares to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. On December 10, 1869, Wyoming territory passed the first law in United States history granting women the right to vote and hold public office – more than 50 years prior to the U.S. ratification of the 19th amendment. Travelers are encouraged to use #ThatsWYwomen to share their experiences on social media.
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In 2016, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead created the Governor's Council for the Wyoming Women's Suffrage Celebration. "The years 2019 and 2020 mark, respectively, 150 years of the Territorial Legislature granting female suffrage and 150 years of the first woman's vote in a general election in our state and we wish to organize a celebration that appropriately commemorates those anniversaries, anticipating a major celebration of female suffrage nationwide in 2020."
As defined by the executive order Governor's Council Members:
Robin Hill - League of Women Voters of Laramie
Shannon Smith - Wyoming Humanities Council
Sara Needles - State Parks and Cultural Resources
Domenic Bravo - State Parks and Cultural Resources
Weldon Tuck - Louisa Swain Foundation
Renée Laegreid - University of Wyoming
Claudia Thompson - University of Wyoming
Diane Shober - Wyoming Tourism Office
Jennifer Trabing - Secretary of State’s Office
Debra Lee - Wyoming County Clerks
Andrea Sun Zink - Public at Large
Kari Eakins - K-12 Educator
Trista Ostrom - Governor's Office
Chris Van Burgh - Wyoming State Library