Utah women voted earlier than most in U.S.

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  • Re: to Anonymous 11:11 am
    Feb. 9, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    No, he was pointing out that your "facts" were not anywhere close to being accurate.

    In general, even during the height of polygamy only 3-4% of Utah households were polygamous, and most of those only consisted of 2 or 3 wives.

    It's funny but the conventional wisdom back in 1870 was that Utah women were so oppressed they would eagerly use their newfound freedom to throw off their shackles and vote the LDS Church out of power.

    I see the same bigoted, condescending attitude towards Utah women is around today.

    And there are plenty of women in Utah politics today: Heck, we had a female governor just a few years ago.

    In fact, Utah has elected a Jewish governor, something Wyoming has never done.

  • to to Anonymous 11:45 a.m
    Feb. 9, 2010 1:45 p.m.

    I never said polygamy wasn't legal. I simply called into question your hyperbole. Considering approximately 1 in 15 men even participated in polygamy, I'd say that a ratio of 8 wives to 1 husband is pretty out there.

    Try again.

  • Wyodude
    Feb. 9, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    Besides, Wyoming was the first state to grant women sufferage. Also, note that there ARE women in Wyoming politics. Utah is a backwater of unintelligent bigotry due to the predominant "religion." Set your watch back at least twenty years!

  • to Anonymous 11:11 a.m.
    Feb. 8, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Polygamy was legal in Utah till 1860. Some religions still practice it today.

    Try again.

  • to Anonymous | 11:04 a.m
    Feb. 8, 2010 11:11 a.m.

    Your facts are bad (8 wives to 1 husband? Go back to school) and your bigotry is showing.

    Try again.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 8, 2010 11:04 a.m.

    So, Utah is a radical feminist state because women could vote early?
    2 things:

    1) As the 9:24 poster pointed out, Utah has no female congressmen or senator in 2010.
    2) With polygamy, wasn't it on average 8 wives to one husband?

    Utah is not a leader of anyone's rights, Utah is a bigot.

  • News?
    Feb. 8, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    This isn't news. This is history that is already known.

  • Great Article
    Feb. 8, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    Thank you for the historical photos. It is very much appreciated to bring the past up to the future. Good research. I express my Gratitude for the women of the late 1800s, early 1900s who were a part of the equality of women to vote. The Church always has and continues to support women and give us the recognition for the power within the women of the Church. It also does all that can be to advise the brethren to respect us and honor us. I noticed several women who where medical doctors in the group photo. Church leaders encouraged then as they do now to be educated which is empowering and liberating in a good way. Brigham Young used to be quoted--Educate a boy, you educate a man. Educate a woman and educate a generation--

  • Rose Holladay - Lehi
    Feb. 8, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    We are woman see us roar!

  • Good Reason
    Feb. 8, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    If these amazing women could see that Utah has no female Congressman or Senator in the year 2010, they'd roll over in their graves. I was so disappointed in Gary Herbert not nominating a woman to be his lieutenant governor. Sometimes it seems that Utah women are pale shadows of more illustrious foremothers.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 8, 2010 8:43 a.m.