Celebrating the women of Wyoming’s past and present

JACKSON, Wyo. — Strong women have called Jackson home for its entire history, and we wanted to recognize them today for International Women’s Day, March 8.

Wyoming earned its nickname “The Equality State” by being the first to grant women the right to vote in 1869.

Less than a century later, right here in Jackson, residents elected an all-female town council. Most recently, on Jan. 1, 2021, Hailey Morton Levinson was sworn in as the fourth female mayor of Jackson.

Cafe Genevieve, the popular breakfast spot on Broadway, is named after the matron of that historic cabin, Genevieve Van Vleck. Van Vleck served on Jackson’s first all-female town council alongside Rose Crabtree, Grace Miller, Faustina Haight, and Mae Deloney. They served on the town council from 1920-23, and would go down in history as “the Petticoat Rulers.”

Front row LtoR: Rose Crabtree, Grace Miller, Faustina Haight Back row: Genevieve Van Vleck, Mae Deloney. Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum Collection, 1958.0263.001

About The Author

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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