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 from 12-4 p.m. Saturday.

Ahead of the Nov. 5 Election Day, these 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 all will 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.

Various groups will host suffrage events through 2020 to celebrate Idaho giving women the right to vote — the fourth state to do so. Those groups, part of Idaho Women 100, are the American Association of University Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, GFWC Boise Columbian Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho.

As a tribute to early suffragists who sold recipe books to further their cause, women’s groups will distribute an authentic Idaho Suffragist Era Apple Crisp recipe, according to a news release from the American Association of University Women. The back of the recipe card will include the website of Idaho’s Secretary of State for voters to reference. The goal of this event is to get everyone to the polls on Nov. 5 and to have this special treat on Idaho Thanksgiving tables everywhere.

  • Eight baking apples, pare, core and slice
  • Sweeten with cinnamon and sugar mixture
  • Place flat in 10x6x2 flat baking dish

Mix together and pack down over apples:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup 100% whole-grain old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of flour

Bake at 375 degrees for an hour or until apples are done and the top is brown.

Josie Hansen Stoddard (1903-1990) is the grandmother of GFWC Boise Columbian Club Vice President, Aleta Sales-Pottenger, a fifth-generation Idahoan. On June 14, 1914, the GFWC Columbian Club officially endorsed women suffrage. It affirmed that suffrage had become a mainstream cause for women from every part of the country.

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