Equality Wall – Wyoming Women

Frank Leslie Cartoon Depicting Louisa Swain casting the first ballot by a woman.

First Woman to Vote in General Election Cartoon

  Frank Leslie’s illustrated newspaper captured the sketch of women exercising their right to vote for the first time. It was published Nov. 24, 1888. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, later renamed Leslie’s Weekly, was an American illustrated literary and news magazine founded in 1852 and published until 1922. Publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie provided weekly illustrations and … Continue reading First Woman to Vote in General Election Cartoon

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Louisa Ann (Eliza) Swain

Louisa Ann (Eliza) Swain of Laramie was the first woman in the United States to vote in a general election after the Wyoming Territorial Legislative Assembly gave women the right to vote in December 1869. On September 6, 1870, Mrs. Swain happened to walk by the polling place, which had not yet officially opened, but election officials asked her to come … Continue reading Louisa Ann (Eliza) Swain

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