Discover Laramie women who made history

Celebrate 150 years of women's suffrage


There’s more to Wyoming than the Wild West. As far back as territorial days, while men were breaking laws, women were making history. All summer, Laramie will be honoring Wyoming women that made world history 150 years ago.

This year on September 6th, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Laramie’s own Louisa Swain and her historic ballot. She cast the first female vote under laws giving women and men fully equal voting rights in 1870. Stop by our historic museums and vibrant downtown to relive the history of the Equality State for the Year of Wyoming Women.

Also, Mrs. Martha Symons Boies was the first woman in the world to be appointed a court bailiff of record, she was appointed to serve to the Laramie City, Wyoming, court in March 1870.

Additionally, six women were summoned on that day to sit alongside 10 men on the first female jury. This marked the first time in the history of the world that women were given the opportunity to serve their community in such a manner. 

For more information, contact The Wyoming House for Historic Women at 307-760-7771.