One of my favorite blogs is The New York History Blog. I try to check it each week to see what’s new in New York State. This morning I found of particular interest their article on The Spirit of 1776: A New Suffragette Anthem. On this day in 1920 the 19th amendment was passed giving American women the right to vote. What I had forgotten was that there were a number of states in which women already had the right to vote.
The western states of Wyoming (1890), Colorado (1893), Utah (1896), Idaho (1896) Washington (1910), California, Arizona, Montana, Nevada and Oregon lead the way. New York’s centennial of Women’s Suffrage is scheduled for 2017. For a more comprehensive list see the timeline at Womens History at About.com.
I think this is an interesting piece of information when writing about ancestors who traveled west in the late 1800s. Did those women, your ancestors, take advantage of the state laws allowing them that freedom?