10 December 2015

On This Day: Women can now vote, at least in Wyoming

It was On This Day in 1869 that women were granted the right to vote in Wyoming. Not every Wyoming lawmaker however granted this right simply because they believed in justice and equality for women.

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 United States were granted the right to vote. That Amendment reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”


The Times (London, Greater London England), 21 February 1870. Newpapers.com.

Wyoming grants women the vote.” This Day in History, 1869. History.com.

On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.


© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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