Monday, November 8, 2010

Easy women? Hardly

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Sure, women are increasingly in the spotlight when it comes to elections. But back in 1900, women also made political headlines. In a few states, women already had the right to vote: They could vote in Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming — long before the 19th amendment passed in 1920.
During the election of 1900, Wyoming Congressional candidate John Charles Thompson boasted that the "women who vote [in Wyoming] were the easiest to get, the easiest to keep and the easiest to manipulate." Not surprisingly, women of "The Equality State" united behind Republican Frank Wheeler Mondell, who handily won the election.
Check out the suffragettes heading up the stairs of the state capitol,  Rep. Mondell in the midst of them.

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