Teton County celebrates Women’s Suffrage

JACKSON, Wyo. — Tomorrow, December 10, marks 150 years since Wyoming gave women the right to vote, and became the first state to do so.

Governor Mark Gordon declared the day as Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day, and communities across the state are joining in the celebration. In Teton County, a play reading and documentary screening will mark the occasion and offer a history lesson about the role of women in Wyoming.

First, join the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum for a lunchtime reading of “Wonderful Wyoming Women,” a short play written by Mary Guthrie and Rosaline Schliske for the Wyoming League of Women Voters. The play centers four Wyoming women who were critical in passing the first legislation to give women the right to vote. Julia Bright, Esther Hobart Morris, and Amalia Post not only fought to pass the legislation, but they also fought later efforts to repeal it and exchange women’s suffrage for statehood.

BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) and witness this dramatic retelling of history at 12 p.m. at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum on 225 N Cache.

Later, head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art for a free premiere screening of “The State of Equality,” a Wyoming PBS production that takes an even deeper look into the history of women’s suffrage in Wyoming. This special screening in Jackson is hosted by Teton County Commissioner Natalia D. Macker, the Wyoming Women’s Action Network, and the Wyoming Humanities/ThinkWY. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Commissioner Macker, Wyoming Women’s Action Network Founder and Wyoming Council for Women Vice-Chair Jen Simon, and Wyoming Humanities Board Member Nancy Guthrie. The screening and Q&A will conclude with a Suffragist Toast.

Celebrate Wyoming women making history tomorrow, December 10. All events are free and open to the public.

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