Governor announces Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day

CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon will officially proclaim Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day with a ceremony at the Wyoming State Capitol at 9 a.m. Dec. 10, the governor’s office announced Tuesday in a news release.

The ceremony will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of the first law in the United States guaranteeing women unconditional suffrage – their inherent right to vote and hold public office.

Wyoming’s law was passed more than 50 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. On Feb. 13, Gov. Gordon signed SJ 3, a resolution sponsored by all female legislators, declaring Dec. 10 as “Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day.” It was the first bill he signed as governor.