Suffrage in Wyoming traveling exhibit at the Wyoming State Museum

Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 7:21 PM CST
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Museum Registrar at the Wyoming State Museum, Kristy Griffin, said: "Sometimes there's some awkwardness behind things like women's suffrage." There is a traveling exhibit on display talking about the suffrage movement in Wyoming. Griffin helped put this exhibit together. It was a joint effort between multiple state agencies.

Griffin said when talking about milestones like the 150th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage it's important to commemorate it rather than celebrate it. She said there were some race politics in play when Wyoming gave women the right to vote. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were passed around that time. Griffin said the amendments, "Were giving black citizens in the United States citizenship and the right to vote. .It felt a little bit awkward to them to extend the right to vote to those individuals without giving the vote to white women."

"Just because some of the motivations of some people might feel a little awkward to us today doesn't mean that the outcome wasn't amazing," Griffin said. "It wasn't just giving women the right to vote, this also gave women the right to participate in politics."

The Wyoming State Museum has the information on display, but it is a traveling exhibit so other museums can request the content. The museum also exposed a few myths about the stories attached to women's suffrage in the state.

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