This month we'll be talking a lot about encouraging Wyoming women to take more of a leadership role in their communities, as part of our January Luncheon topic: "If Not You, Then Who?"
As we discuss the impact of gender representation in politics, it's important to remember that Wyoming was not only the first state to allow women to vote, it was the first government in the world to do so unconditionally. Governor Matt Mead's Council for the Wyoming Women's Suffrage Celebration is planning for the 150th anniversary of women's equality in the Equality State. They are calling for anyone with a little bit of that history to contribute it towards the celebration of women's voting rights in the Cowboy State, to begin in 2019.
“The historical record is sparse on how many women voted, who they voted for, how they felt about voting, even, in that period. Any observations from family letters, or from clippings that might have been lost, or from other records, or even oral histories that have come down in some form would be of interest," Wyoming League of Women Voters representative Robin Hill told Wyoming Public Media.
You can submit your memorabilia here, either by donating it, or making copies available for display. The council will help those who do not know how to preserve or duplicate their family correspondence.
The 150th anniversary commemoration of Louisa Swain's historic vote will take place in downtown Laramie on September 6, 2020.
Brenda Kirk is a writer with over two decades of journalism experience.