First State Where Women Had Voting Rights

It was not until 1920 that women were given voting rights throughout the entire nation. However, women in a certain state had been voting for many years prior to this date. In 1869, a full fifty years before the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote in the United States of America, Wyoming granted women this right. At this point, though, Wyoming was not a state that had been admitted to the union. Wyoming was admitted to the union as a part of the United States in 1890 and they insisted that they would only become a state if they were allowed to let women continue to vote.
Women’s suffrage has a rich history and there were many key figures involved in getting women the right to vote. Some people do not realize the important role that this Western state played in getting women this right. The nearby states of Colorado and Idaho quickly followed the lead of Wyoming and gave women the right to vote in 1893 and 1896 respectively. Much earlier than that, like Wyoming, other territories gave women this right but were not yet part of the union. Wyoming played an important role in women’s suffrage.