The entrance to the Church History Museum’s new exhibit, “Sisters for Suffrage: How Utah Women Won the Vote,” in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Keep the stories of Utah’s pioneering women in mind as the ballots arrive this year. Valuing the vote is a legacy that must be preserved.

Saturday marks 150 years since Utah women became the first in the nation to vote in a territory-wide election under an equal suffrage law. Although women had already voted in several municipal contests, this would be the first time they had a say in electing a delegate to send to the United States Congress.

Though today’s significance may be overshadowed by all the world has witnessed this year, the magnitude of this event should not be understated. Its legacy should continue to inspire and motivate, especially during a pivotal election season.

Beyond the borders of the state, this anniversary may not garner much attention. The country is fixed on remembering the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, ratified on Aug. 18.

Yet, Utah’s legacy should be a prominent reminder to the country of the states pioneering spirit, something the rest of the …read more


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