Utah sesquicentennial minus 9
Women voted in Utah beginning 150 years ago tomorrow - with a gap from 1887-1896. Why?
B/c women's votes were endlessly a political football in the anti-Mormon nat'l politics of the 19th c. Read more from @BetterDays2020 and take a look at...
“By the time Utah’s Legislature ratified the 19th Amendment, Utah women had been voting for a total of 40 years.”
Katherine Kitterman, Historical Director of Better Days 2020, on the 100th anniversary of Utah’s ratification of the 19th amendment.https://t.co/LhMnFiqXSz
This 👇petition from an earlier, 1878 Congressional attempt to take the vote away. It reads:
"...whereas a clause in said bill is expressly designed to disfranchise the women of Utah, we deem it our imperative duly to plead in self-defense."
...we verily believe that the passage of the aforementioned bill, in wresting from us every legal means of self-defense would furnish a pretext for the enemies of justice, law and order, to inaugurate a state of things akin to the horrors of the Inquisition...
...do not sanction a retrograde step in our onward progress as a powerful nation, by the disfranchisement of forty thousand legal voters."