Wyoming first state to allow women the vote

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Wyoming, a territory of the U.S., allowed women to vote and hold office this date in 1869. The Territorial Governor extended the right to vote to women, making Wyoming the first territory and then United States state to grant suffrage to women. In addition, Wyoming was also a pioneer in welcoming women into politics. Women first served on juries in Wyoming, had the first female court bailiff  and the first female justice of the peace in the country—all in 1870. Congress admitted Wyoming into the Union as the 44th state in 1890. Due to its civil rights history, Wyoming’s state nickname is “The Equality State” and the official state motto is “Equal Rights.” (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

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Women’s Right to Vote

 

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25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote this date in 1915.

The Constitution did not define who was eligible to vote, allowing each state to determine who was eligible. In the early history of the U.S., most states allowed only white adult property owners to vote. These property ownership requirements were eliminated in all states by 1856. Tax-paying requirements remained in five states until 1860 and two states until the 20th Century.

Subsequently, the “right to vote” was expressly addressed in five Amendments to the U. S. Constitution, and they limit the basis on which the right to vote may be abridged or denied: The 19th Amendment (1920) is the one that gave women the right to vote: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”