February 15, 2020
This week, Utahns across the state celebrated several historically
significant events in the state’s suffrage movement. From the 150th
anniversary of the Utah Territorial legislature granting women voting rights to
the first woman casting a vote under equal suffrage law, we have recognized many
women in Utah’s history that have contributed to the movement towards equal
rights for women.
Today, we recognize and honor one of the most renowned advocates and leaders in the women’s suffrage movement: Susan B. Anthony. Anthony was a passionate activist for justice and emancipation of slaves as she devoted her life to working towards social equality for all.
Even after her death, Anthony’s tenacity and courage paved
the way for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted
women the right to vote. Today, her legacy resonates through our nation as we
continue to strive for social justice and equality for all.
February 12, 2020
Today marks the 150th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Utah! The Utah Territorial legislature granted women voting rights and the bill was signed into law on February 12, 1870. Two days later, on February 14, 1870, Seraph Young was the first woman in the country to cast a vote under equal suffrage law.
This afternoon, Better Days 2020 Co-Chair Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes commemorated the occasion in a ceremony alongside Governor Gary R. Herbert, Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert, Utah female legislators, and Better Days 2020. Governor Herbert signed HJR 12, a resolution honoring the Utah women who contributed to the women’s suffrage movement.
Listen to the ceremony below.
Utah’s history is filled with incredible women leaders who
advocated for women’s rights and helped shape Utah into what it is today. Women
like Seraph Young, Martha Hughes Cannon, Lavina Murdock, and Mae Timbimboo
Parry blazed a trail that spanned decades and generations and is still ongoing
We are proud to partner with organizations like Better Days 2020 who raises awareness about the value of women leaders in civil and corporate communities. We encourage Utahns to join with us as we celebrate women’s right to vote in Utah. Read more about the prominent women in Utah’s history here.
February 15, 2019
Today we celebrate Susan B. Anthony and her legacy of social reform and her role within the women’s suffrage movement. Even today, Anthony’s well-known voice rings out on behalf of women’s rights and social equality across the nation.
The Utah Attorney General’s Office is proud to partner with organizations like Better Days 2020, who are raising awareness about the value of female leaders in civil and corporate communities, and to work alongside the many women in this office dedicated to public service who follow in the footsteps of Susan B. Anthony and all those who dedicated their lives to this end.
“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing
less.” – Susan B. Anthony