Did you know that Utah women were at the forefront of the national suffrage movement including being the VERY FIRST women to vote in the United States? 2020 marks three significant women’s rights anniversaries. First, it’s the 150th anniversary of the first American women to vote under an equal suffrage law when twenty-five Utah women cast ballots in Salt Lake City on February 14, 1870. Second, 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended voting rights to women throughout the United States. Third, it’s the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ensured suffrage to all citizens regardless of race. Kick-off this year of celebration at the museum by visiting in January to experience the traveling exhibit, “Utah Women Making History,” which includes illustrations of Utah women (and a few men) who worked throughout the 20th Century to advocate for women and advance their communities. The exhibit will run from January 4th through January 29th.
The museum will be closed the entire month of September so museum staff can attend trainings and complete a large collections care project.