Governor Gordon First Signature: Wyoming Women's Suffrage Day
On Wednesday, 13 February, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is scheduled to sign his first legislation into law. The Joint Resolution easily passed through the 2019 Legislature to recognize the 150th anniversary of the passage of women's suffrage on December 10, 1869.
The Joint resolution was introduced by Senator Affie Ellis with co-sponsors including all the women in Wyoming's 65th Legislature. After a recitation of the many reasons that Wyoming has rightfully earned the nickname "The Equality State," the resolution concludes with:
WHEREAS, December 10, 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the date women's suffrage became law.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WYOMING:
Section 1. That the Wyoming legislature commemorates 2019 as a year to celebrate the one hundred fiftieth (150th) anniversary of the passage of women's suffrage.
Section 2. That the Wyoming legislature is proud of its heritage as the first state to recognize the right of women to vote and hold office, hereby affirming its legacy as the "Equality State."
Section 3. That the Secretary of State of Wyoming transmit a copy of this resolution to the National Women's Hall of Fame in support of Esther Hobart Morris' induction into the Women of the Hall.
Section 4. That the Wyoming legislature encourages its citizens and invites its visitors to learn about the women and men who made women's suffrage in Wyoming a reality, thereby blazing a trail for other states, and eventually the federal government, to recognize the inherent right of men and women alike to elect their leaders and hold office.
The full text of this bill can be found at: https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2019/SJ0003
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