Timeline of women's suffrage in Utah


This is a timeline of women's suffrage in Utah. Women earned the right to vote on February 12, 1870 while Utah was still a territory. The first woman to vote under equal suffrage laws was Seraph Young on February 14, 1870. During this time, suffragists in Utah continued to work with women in other states to promote women's suffrage. Women continued to vote until 1887 when the Edmunds-Tucker Act was passed. When Utah was admitted as a state in 1896, women regained the right to vote. On September 30, 1919 Utah ratifies the Nineteenth Amendment. Native American women did not have full voting rights in Utah until 1957.

1915 Suffragists in the lobby of Hotel Utah with Senator Reed Smoot

19th century


Leading women of Zion 1897, Zina D. H Young, Bathsheba W. Smith, Emily Dow Partridge Young, Eliza R. Snow

1840s

1842

  • Female Relief Society of Nauvoo is formed.[1]

1860s

1868

  • Newspaper editorial from The New York Times about giving Utah women equal suffrage is appreciated in Utah.[2]
  • The Deseret News posts an editorial about the justice of women's suffrage.[3]

1870s

1870

  • February 12: Utah gives women the right to vote.[4]
  • February 14: First woman to vote in the United States under equal suffrage laws was Seraph Young in Salt Lake City.[4]

1871

1872

1879

1880s

1880

  • A case in the Supreme Court of the Territory attempts to erase the names of several women from the voter registration list, but does not succeed.[6]

1882

  • In Salt Lake City, a registrar refuses to add women to the list of registered voters.[6] The case is settled and women continue to vote.[6]

1887

1888

1889

  • The Utah Woman Suffrage Association is created.[8]

1890s

1890

1891

Utah woman suffrage song book, first published in 1891
  • February 15: Suffragists celebrated the birthday of Susan B. Anthony in Salt Lake City.[9]
  • The Utah Woman Suffrage Song Book is published.[10]

1892

1893

  • Suffragists held a garden party in Salt Lake City.[11]

1895

1896

1897

  • January: Wells attends the National Suffrage Convention in Des Moines, Iowa and describes suffrage efforts in Utah.[13]

1899

20th century


Governor William Spry of Utah meets with suffrage leaders, Emmeline Wells and others in 1915

1900s

  • Suffragists from Utah obtain 40,000 names for a women's suffrage petition to the United States Congress.[14]
  • Utah suffragists send delegates to the National Presidential Conventions.[15]

1910s

1919

1920s

1920

  • February 12: Fiftieth anniversary celebration of women's suffrage in Utah.[17]

1924

1950s

1957

See also


References


  1. Walker, Sydney (2020-01-27). "Timeline: What Latter-day Saints can learn from the history of Utah women voting". Church News. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  2. Douglas, Dianna (14 February 2020). "Power Of The Past: Retelling Utah's Suffragist History To Empower Modern Women". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  3. Beeton, Beverly (1978). "Women Suffrage in Territorial Utah". Utah Historical Quarterly. 46 (2) via Issuu.
  4. Brown, Barbara Jones; Watkins, Naomi; Kitterman, Katherine (2018-02-09). "Gaining, Losing, and Winning Back the Vote: The Story of Utah Women's Suffrage". Better Days Curriculum. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  5. Anthony 1902, p. 936.
  6. Anthony 1902, p. 938.
  7. Anthony 1902, p. 940.
  8. "Walking Tour". Better Days Curriculum. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  9. Anthony 1902, p. 942.
  10. Christensen, Kenzi (2019-08-08). "Utah's Woman Suffrage Song Book". Better Days Curriculum. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  11. Anthony 1902, p. 943.
  12. Anthony 1902, p. 945.
  13. Anthony 1902, p. 949.
  14. Harper 1922, p. 645.
  15. Harper 1922, p. 648.
  16. "Utah and the 19th Amendment". U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  17. Harper 1922, p. 650.

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