87 years ago on 8/19/1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified and became a reality 7 days later. This all happened because of the effort of one raw-boned, determined pioneer lady who lived in the small gold mining town named South Pass City, Wyoming. The lady's name is Esther Hobart Morris.
In January of 1869, when the legislature was in session, Esther traveled to Cheyenne to have her suffrage proposal heard by the State Congress. Because of the lack of hotels, many folks had to stay in rooming houses. Several of these houses were operated by "Madams". Esther rented a room at one of such rooming houses. Each morning she would trudge to the capitol building, come home each night sad and dejected. After a few such days, the "Madam" feeling sorry for Esther and found out her reason. Esther was trying to meet with certain senators and congressmen that held responsible positions so she could present her proposal but no one had given her the time of day. When Esther gave the "Madam" the names of these legislators, the "Madam"'s face brightened up and said, "I know all of these men and we are on a first name basis. I believe I can help you."
The "Madam" arranged a tea party and all these prominent Congressmen were all invited and in attendance and Esther presented her Women's Suffrage Proposal.Because of this delicate situation, every Congressman agreed to act upon Esther's proposal. In December of 1869, Wyoming became the first state in the Union to grant women the right to vote.
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