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 today.
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.