Although Wyoming has roots in women’s suffrage, the transformative women behind these movements often go unnoticed.
Amalia Post, a Michigan native turned Wyomingite in 1868, was heavily involved in the emerging conversation of women in politics.
Plagued with an unfaithful husband who condemned her to a domestic life with little income, Amalia moved to Cheyenne on her own and eventually remarried.
Post paired her new life in Cheyenne and her past experiences of domesticity to foment her activism.
She joined the political sect as one of the first woman jurors in 1870 – despite state legislators claiming that women jurors were a joke.
She later represented Wyoming at the annual National Women’s Suffrage Association convention in D.C., where she worked with women like Susan B. Anthony and Victoria Woodhull.
Her lobbying helped women win the power to vote across the country in 1920.
You can learn more about Amalia Post and some other inspiring women of our nation’s past at UW’s American Heritage Center.