01 Oct Rock the Vote: First Female Vote Was Cast in Utah
A major milestone in the women’s suffrage movement occurred on February 14, 1870, about 150 years ago. A woman by the name of Seraph Young, a schoolteacher from Salt Lake City, stopped at the polls on her way to work to cast her vote in the municipal election. She was the first woman in the nation to cast a vote and February 14, 2020 marked the 150 anniversary of this historic moment.
Books on early feminist writings have been highlighted in the Rare Books posts.
The Utah Museum of Fine Art current exhibit: Utah Women Working for Better Days! Is currently on display in the museum. For hours:
Dec 10, 1869 — Wyoming first Territory to grant women’s suffrage
Feb 3, 1870 — 15th Amendment, “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 race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
Feb. 12, 1870 — Utah Territory granted women’s suffrage
Feb 14, 1870 — Seraph Young is the first woman to vote
June 1, 1872 – A publication called The Woman’s Exponent was first published
Jan. 9, 1879 – Utah suffragists Emmeline Wells and Zina Young travel to a national suffrage convention at the suggestion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Aug. 18, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, giving women across the nation the right to vote