- June 9, 2016

Mead Creates Council For Suffrage Anniversary

by Jackson Hole. Media

Governor Matt Mead signed an Executive Order for the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration in Cheyenne yesterday.

The Executive Order establishes a Governor’s Council to organize the Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Celebration. The Celebration will take place between December 2019 and September 2020. It marks two significant milestones – the 150th anniversary of the December, 1869 Wyoming Act granting women the right to vote and the 150th anniversary of the first vote cast by a woman in Wyoming in September, 1870. Wyoming was the first government to grant women the right to vote under an unconditional, general franchise.

Six members of the Council – one each from the League of Women Voters of Laramie, Louisa Swain Foundation, Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, University of Wyoming and Wyoming Tourism Office – will serve as the Executive Committee.

“Wyoming gave women the right to vote, generally and unconditionally, before anyone else – and more than 50 years before the nation,” said Governor Mead. “It’s important for us to commemorate the occasion with great programs and activities. I thank the Council members for taking on this effort.”

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