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Women In Wyoming–Celebrate Women's Suffrage All Year Long

      Women are an important factor in deciding elections.



In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

Women gained the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19 Amendment. On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised this right for the first time. For almost 100 years, women (and men) had been fighting for women’s suffrage: They had made speeches, signed petitions, marched in parades and argued over and over again that women, like men, deserved all of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The leaders of this campaign—women like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone and Ida B. Wells—did not always agree with one another, but each was committed to the enfranchisement of all American women.

But in Western Territory’s things were a little better for women. In 1870, a full 50 years before the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote in the United States, Louisa Swain cast a historic ballot for the general election in Laramie, Wyoming. She was voting thanks to a law passed the year before in the Territory of Wyoming, giving women over the age of 21 the right to vote and to hold public office.

The right did not extend to Native Americans and Chinese immigrants, who were excluded from citizenship at the time. Black women, officially, were able to vote under the law, but it's unknown if any did. "In Laramie there were only three black women in a population of just under 800.

Swain became the first woman to legally vote at the same level as a man in the United States. The territories of Utah (1870), Washington (1883) and Montana (1887) would follow, and, in 1890, when Wyoming was admitted to the Union, its state constitution granted women voting rights. In 1893, Colorado became the first state to pass women's suffrage into law through a referendum.

Even though the right for woman to vote was not because of men supporting women the right to be equal it was to try and draw women to the territory to marry the men. But for what other reasons there might have been it was a victory for women. In 1889, Wyoming vied for statehood—and refused to join the union if the laws giving equality to women were not upheld, telling Congress (which wanted the suffrage law rescinded) via telegram, “We will remain out of the Union 100 years rather than come in without the women.

I hope the women of this country comes out in force to defeat Trump. Trump is the worst thing that happened to this country and if he wins again our country will possibly fail as the Republic we know and love. Trump hates poor people, women, people of color, and people of different sexual orientation, and the handicapped as well. Trump hates everybody unless they are white and rich.

It is time we take back the country and begin building and coming together.

                                       Get out and VOTE!! Your life depends on it!






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