Women's suffrage

Idaho, and the western states of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Washington, led the country in women’s suffrage.

Idaho women’s groups will commemorate the state’s leading role in giving women the right to vote with a statewide Get Out The Vote drive from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. Ahead of the Nov. 5 Election Day, the groups will offer voter registration information and polling place information. The sites in Southwest Idaho for voter information will include the following local libraries: Ada County, Boise (downtown), Eagle, Garden City, Kuna, Meridian, Mountain Home, as well as Roots Zero Waste Market in Garden City and the Star Merc.

Throughout Idaho, many women will be in period costumes and wear traditional “Votes for Women” sashes honoring the Idaho suffragists who came before them.

The Idaho Women’s Right to Suffrage was approved on the Nov. 3, 1896, Idaho ballot, 24 years before national women’s suffrage was granted by the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. You can read our full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Idaho Press.

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