Wyoming Humanities Council Launches Podcast To Celebrate Women's Suffrage

May 22, 2019

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The Wyoming Humanities Council is releasing a new podcast that celebrates the 150-year anniversary of women's suffrage in the state. Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869, and it was on September 6, 1870 that Louisa Swain cast the first ballot by a woman.

First, but Last will interview prominent Wyoming women from politicians to priests. Host Emy diGrappa said she hopes that the podcast will connect the people of Wyoming.

"People say that Wyoming is one big town with one long street," she said. "Even though you may know people across Wyoming, you may not know their story. I think it will bring to light women's issues in Wyoming and help get to know each other."

While Wyoming lags behind other states in many gender equality issues like the wage gap, diGrappa said that women she has spoken with don't see themselves as last.

"A woman in Wyoming, especially women who grew up on ranches and whatnot, they were expected to do equal work with men. They were expected to feed cows, take care of kids, just do everything that a man did," said diGrappa.

New episodes are released every Wednesday and can be found on Apple Podcasts and at thinkWY.org.