Wyoming Territory was the first to give women the right to vote on Dec. 10, 1869.

Wyoming Territory was the first to give women the right to vote on Dec. 10, 1869.

This newspaper cover shows Wyoming women voting in 1888. At that time, Wyoming women were the only American women with equal voting rights. While Utah and Washington territories had followed Wyoming’s lead and granted voting rights to women, by 1888, the courts and Congress had overruled their suffrage laws.

To learn when American women across the United States were enfranchised, before or after the Nineteenth Amendment, see When did women in your state get the right to vote? Celebrate with us! Sign up for the Centennial Celebration Email List to get social media shareables on the day your state gave women the right to vote and on the anniversaries of other first wave feminism milestones.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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Wyoming Territory was the first to give women the right to vote on Dec. 10, 1869.