Breaking Through: The Star-Tribune celebrates 150 years of women's suffrage
Breaking Through: The Star-Tribune celebrates 150 years of women's suffrage
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Breaking Through: The Star-Tribune celebrates 150 years of women's suffrage

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One hundred-fifty years ago today, Wyoming's female citizens became the first women in U.S. history to gain the unrestricted right to vote. In honor of this milestone, the Star-Tribune spent the last year examining what it means to be a woman in Wyoming — past, present and future.

We found Wyoming is home to powerful, independent women who often must break through a culture driven by men. That includes pioneers like Rep. Cathy Connolly ...

... and geologist Randi Martinsen

But they are only part of the story. We also heard from Wyoming women whose names don't tend to make headlines, like parents ...

Parents detail the joys and challenges of raising daughters in Wyoming

... and children ...

... and artists ...

... and immigrants.

Wyoming women defy easy labels. To celebrate all the ways women in the state identify, we sought contributions from our readers, both in words ...

... and in photos.

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Of course, you can't celebrate a 150th anniversary without a good dose of history. We examined the anniversary itself, taking a look at the circumstances that led Wyoming to pass women's suffrage on Dec. 10, 1869.

We've also begun profiling women from throughout Wyoming's history, an effort that will continue over the course of a year.

Some institutional barriers remain, however, that inhibit the Equality State from living up to its name. Wyoming still has one of the country's worst gender wage gaps.

Worrying domestic violence trends persist in the state, a problem exacerbated by its rural nature.

Women are elected to the state Legislature at a far lower rate than men.

And the voting process still contains obstacles for some Wyomingites.

Throughout this project, we shared our voices ...

... and voices outside the newsroom.

As community news editor Sally Ann Shurmur writes, "Here’s to strong Wyoming women — may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them."

 
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