In 1869, Wyoming Territory was the first government in the world to grant women permanently the right to vote, gaining it the reputation as the “Equality State.” Admission to statehood in 1890 was contingent upon allowing women’s suffrage to continue in the state. Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Estelle Reel was the first woman ever elected to statewide office in 1894. In 1920, women won the vote nationwide. Four years later, the United States had its first woman elected as state governor in Wyoming’s Nellie Tayloe Ross.
On December 10, the Campbell County Historical Society celebrated the 150th anniversary of Wyoming women’s suffrage with a ribbon cutting at the Campbell County Elections Office. County Administrator Carol Seeger read the original legislation giving women the right to vote in Wyoming, and the Historical Society had books and playing cards about the influential women of Campbell County history.