While it may seem like a destination full of cowboys and wide-open spaces that earned its well-known mantra as the Wild West, there’s more to Wyoming than meets the eye. Meet its women.
Here, among Wyoming’s more than 98,000 square miles, the first woman in the world cast her vote. In 2019, Wyoming is celebrating the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage, meaning it was the first known territory in the free world that gave women the right to vote. It’s also home to a slew of other firsts, including where the first female governor was elected, the first woman appointed to public office was in Wyoming and more. (You can read more about Wyoming’s firsts here.)
But truth be told, that’s just scratching the surface. And while we could tell you about it, we’d rather invite you to Wyoming to experience the place that first gave women the right to vote. To make it easy for you to celebrate women everywhere – and the year of the Wyoming woman – we’ve created itineraries to help you explore the state.
While much of the women’s suffrage movement in Wyoming took place in Laramie, Cheyenne and South Pass City, Casper stands out because it’s a place where Wyoming women today have found their place and are harnessing their distinct voices. The city is home to some of the state’s most incredible women, from local business owners to musicians and women who are simply making moves.
Q+A with the Women of Wyoming
Even though you won’t be able to meet all of the incredible women in Casper, we wanted you to get to know a few of the ladies who help make this city—and Wyoming—such a wonderful place. Get to know our strong Wyoming women through this Q+A series.
Also, in case you missed it, Casper women and mother/daughter duo Nimi and Nina McConigley were featured in podcasts and profiles in the Women in Wyoming series by Lindsay Linton Buk. Read more about them, and listen to their interviews, here.
Listen to stories of Wyoming women living and working in the Cowboy State on the First, but Last podcast including Casper’s own Amber Pollock, Susan Stubson, Brook Kaufman, Becca Steinhoff, and Audrey Cotherman.