It was On This Day in 1869 that women were granted the right to vote in
Not every Wyoming
lawmaker however granted this right simply because they believed in justice and
equality for women. Wyoming
One backer of the law, Edward M. Lee, argued that if black men could vote, so too should his mother. Some men wanted to grant women the right to vote so as to simply attract more eligible potential brides to the state.
The right to vote made international news, as seen at right from The Times, out of London.
It was not until 1920, with the ratification of the 10th Amendment, that all women in the
were granted the
right to vote. That Amendment reads: “The right of citizens of the United States United States
to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the or by any State on
account of sex.” United States
The Times (
London, Greater London ), 21
February 1870. Newpapers.com. England
grants women the
vote.” This Day in History, 1869. History.com. Wyoming
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015