Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first woman governor
in American history, campaign poster, 1926.
Nellie Tayloe Ross papers, American Heritage Center.
By the turn of the century Wyoming was recognized as the Equality State due in large part to its several important historical firsts where women’s rights were concerned. In Pursuit of Equality is an exhibit that tells the story of three women who through their actions as elected office holders, challenged and changed the conventional understanding of equality in Wyoming during the 20th century: Nellie Tayloe Ross, Thyra Thomson, and Elizabeth Byrd. The true meaning of quality is still being explored and debated in Wyoming, 150 years after it became the first state to grant full women’s suffrage.
Lucille Dumbrill will deliver a related presentation on December 11, 2010 at the Weston County Historical Society’s meeting in the library meeting room at 2:00 p.m. Courtesy of the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center, the exhibit will be on display through February.