Women Voting In The West

In our series about women going west, we’ve talked about the challenges these women faced and how they worked hard to get a job accomplished. Respectable women were respected in the west; they were important members of their communities.

One particular right was granted to women in the western territories or states – oftentimes decades before that right was adopted by the Federal Government and written as a Constitutional Amendment. It was the right to vote. Continue reading

Their First Vote

In U.S. history, who was the first African American to vote? Who was the first woman? What year? (Yes, I said “year”, not “years.”) No, that first vote wasn’t in a presidential election. It wasn’t even in a state election.

The first recorded time in U.S. history when an African American and a woman voted was in 1805 at a location on the Pacific Northwest Coast. The election was held by the Corps of Discovery to determine the location of the winter fort.

York – William Clark’s slave – voted. Sacagawea – a Native America woman and one of the expedition’s guides – was also allowed to vote.

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