Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Events

The “Year of Wyoming Women” 2019, was filled with women-focused activities, events, retreats and must-see historic destinations. On December 10, 2019, Wyoming will officially commemorate the 150th anniversary of the women’s suffrage act with a full-day of events in Cheyenne.

Participants are encouraged to use #ThatsWYWomen to share their experiences on social and to get more inspiration for how others are marking the anniversary.

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December 9, 2019


6 – 8 p.m.: Women’s Suffrage Traveling Exhibit & Reception
Wyoming State Museum
2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne

December 10, 2019


8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Women’s Suffrage Traveling Exhibit
Wyoming State Museum
2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne

8 a.m.: Women’s Suffrage Anniversary March
The march will begin at West 17th & Carey and will end at the Wyoming State Capitol. The march will be followed by special announcements from Wyoming’s Governor.

9 – 10 a.m.: Official Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day Ceremony
Wyoming State Capitol
200 W. 24th St., Cheyenne
Join Wyoming’s Governor, Mark Gordon, as he proclaims December 10 as Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day.

10 – 4 p.m.: Tour Wyoming State Capitol and the Historic Territorial Chamber
Wyoming State Capitol
200 W. 24th St., Cheyenne
Learn more about Wyoming women’s suffrage history through special tours of the newly restored State Capitol. Tours will also include the unveiling of the Historic Territorial Chamber, where women’s suffrage was upheld.

Noon: Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters Performance
Wyoming State Capitol
Performed by five members of the Cheyenne League of Women Voters, “Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters” play revolves around four Wyoming women critical to passing the first legislation giving women their inherent right to vote and hold office. An informative and entertaining way to highlight the history of Wyoming’s suffrage movement – appropriate for all age groups. 

1 p.m.: Four Sisters: Truth, Justice, Courage and Hope

Wyoming State Capitol

Unveiled on July 10, 2019, four new bronze sculptures, “The Four Sisters” stand in niches in the rotunda of the Wyoming State Capitol. Artist, Delissalde, will discuss the four allegorical sculptures, Truth, Justice, Courage and Hope, values and attributes of Wyoming and its citizens.

2 p.m.: Working Toward Suffrage: A Conversation on Wyoming’s Contribution
Wyoming State Capitol

Featuring Mike Massie, teacher and former legislator, and Renee Laegreid, professor of history at the University of Wyoming, both experts in Western suffrage history. 

7 – 8:30 p.m.: Wyoming PBS Premiere – The State of Equality: Wyoming Women’s Suffrage
Cheyenne Civic Center
510 W. 20th St., Cheyenne
The State of Equality explores Wyoming as the first state to guarantee women their inherent right to vote and hold office. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past. The premiere will officially be opened by the University of Wyoming Bel Canto Women’s Choir. Seating will be limited. This event is free to the public. 

 

Jackson, WY – December 10, 2019


Noon: Reading of Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters Play
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
225 N. Cache St., Jackson
Join the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum for a lunchtime reading of “Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters.” Written by Mary Guthrie and Rosaline Schliske, the play revolves around four Wyoming women critical to passing the first legislation giving women their inherent right to vote and hold office. An informative and entertaining way to highlight the history of Wyoming’s suffrage movement – appropriate for all age groups. 

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Wyoming PBS Premiere – The State of Equality: Wyoming Women’s Suffrage
National Museum of Wildlife Art
2820 Rungius Road, Jackson
Hosted by Teton County Commissioner – Natalia D. Macker, the Wyoming Women’s Action Network and the Wyoming Humanities Council.  The State of Equality explores Wyoming as the first state to guarantee women their inherent right to vote and hold office. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Commissioner Macker, Wyoming Women’s Action Network Founder and Wyoming Council for Women Vice-Chair. This event is free to the public.

 

Gillette, WY – December 10, 2019


7 – 8:30 p.m.: Wyoming PBS Premiere – The State of Equality: Wyoming Women’s Suffrage
Campbell County Rockpile Museum
900 W. 2nd St., Gillette
Hosted by the Campbell County Rockpile Museum and the Campbell League of Women Voters. The State of Equality explores Wyoming as the first state to guarantee women their inherent right to vote and hold office. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past. This event is free to the public.

 

Big Horn, WY – December 10, 2019


5 – 9 p.m.: Wyoming PBS Premiere – The State of Equality: Wyoming Women’s Suffrage
Tickets are currently sold out
The Brinton Museum
239 Brinton Road, Big Horn
Hosted by The Brinton Museum and The Sheridan Press, the State of Equality explores Wyoming as the first state to guarantee women their inherent right to vote and hold office. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past.

Laramie, WY – December 10, 2019


5 – 6:30 p.m.: A Toast to Wyoming’s Women 
Alice Hardie Stevens Center
603 E University Ave., Laramie
Raise a toast to the 150th anniversary of the extraordinary suffrage Act passed by the Wyoming territorial legislature in 1869. Wyoming women stepped up in their civic duty as a result of the act and Laramie ended up with the 1st woman voting under equal status with men; the 1st woman bailiff and the 1st women called to sit on a jury. The 1st woman in the Wyoming legislature was also from Albany county. Join us for a brief moment to raise a glass. Refreshments for the toast, including sparkling cider, juices, wine will be provided—no cost.