WOW Museum: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage

California | Colorado | Hawaii
Kansas | New Mexico | Oregon
Texas | Utah | Washington | Wyoming

Click on a star or a state name for a unique story of suffrage in the American West.


  • Women in the American West were the first in the world to win full voting rights?

  • No state east of the Mississippi River granted women full voting rights before Illinois in 1913?

  • Women in all western states except three could vote before the 19th Amendment made suffrage the law of the land in 1920?

  • Wyoming was the first U.S. territory to grant suffrage (1869), the first to allow women on juries (1870), and the first state to elect a woman governor?

  • Utah women were the second to win the right to vote in 1870, but Congress took their right to vote away because of their religion in 1881?

  • Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee were the only southern states to ratify the 19th Amendment?

  • The first state where suffrage was put on the ballot was in Kansas (1867)?

  • The first three women elected to a state legislature were in Colorado (1894)?

  • The first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives was Jeannette Rankin of Montana?

  • New Zealand was the first nation to grant the right to vote to all of its women citizens (1893)?

  • Back to Suffrage activities