The Utah State Senate honored the fifth General President of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by unveiling a plaque beneath her statue at the Capitol Wednesday.
Emmeline B. Wells, 1828-1921, who successfully fought for women's suffrage in Utah in 1895, was remembered by Sen. Frances Farley, D-Salt Lake, and current Relief Society General President Barbara Winder."Her long life spanned the settlement of Utah," read the plaque, which Farley and President Winder unveiled in a brief ceremony between legislative committee meetings.
Wells "worked tirelessly for the suffrage of women . . . and other women's rights," said Farley, noting that Wells helped win women the right to vote while Utah was a territory and long before they won the right nationally.
Winder called Wells a "woman of industry and artistry" who "devoted her life, time and energy to the betterment of individuals."
Wells' marble bust has stood in the Capitol rotunda for some time but with no explanation of who she was or her accomplishments, unlike other statues there, Farley said.