by Ingrid Pharris | July 30th, 2010
In 1871, Daniel Bigelow brought before the Territorial Legislature a bill granting women’s suffrage. However, the Legislature rejected the bill by enacting a law which declared that women could not vote until the U.S. Congress made it the law of the land. (Dave Hastings alluded to this in his comment on my previous post.) Here is what they said:
“Hereafter no female shall have the right of ballot at any poll or election precinct in this Territory until the Congress of the United States of America shall, by direct legislation, declare the same to be the supreme law of the land.”
I hear you saying Gee, thanks for the depressing post, Ingrid! My reply is to have heart! It’s going to get tough for a while until 1910, but we’ll have fun on the way.