The Year of Wyoming Women

The Equality State celebrates 150 years of women having the right to vote




Photo courtesy of Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch

Wyoming is giving new meaning to the phrase “girls getaway,” and after learning what’s on offer, you just may want to grab your mom or girlfriend and go.

Did you know that Wyoming was the first to pass an unconditional law in the U.S. permanently guaranteeing women their inherent right to vote and hold office?

Wyoming also elected the first female governor in the country and appointed the first woman to public office. It was a Wyoming courtroom that saw the first female jurors. In addition, the Equality State had the first woman bailiff and was the first state to have a town governed entirely by women.

In 2019, Wyoming is celebrating 150 years of women having the right to vote, and that’s a great reason to celebrate.


Photo by Gary Kunis

For the history and art-minded visitor, Wyoming’s museums will be filled to the brim with stories of female empowerment and art by women. For instance, Women in Wyoming is a project by photographer Lindsay Linton Buk, a native of Powell, Wyoming. The exhibit will make its worldwide premiere at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody on October 25, 2019.

The Nicolaysen Art Museum (the Nic) in Casper features four female-curated shows in 2019, and the Lander Art Center will present the Women’s Suffrage Exhibition, November 1 through December 14, 2019.  


Photo by Kristin Foster

There are a number of women-led adventures available in Wyoming. Bear Basin Adventures, in the Absaroka Mountains, offers yoga and meditation getaways for women only. These memorable retreats include lodging and meals and the option to do horseback riding, hiking and fishing. The yoga and meditation practices are led by Jaime Bedard.

Allen's Diamond 4 Ranch near Lander offers a five-day women’s wellness pack trip in the Wind River Range. The pack trips incorporate yoga and riding and are led by ranch manager Jessie Allen.

For those who’d rather hike than ride, AndShesDopeToo has women’s retreats in August that involve backpacking the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range. This is a 25-mile route through some of the country’s most pristine and rugged terrain. Participants can expect to hike about six miles per day.

More than 20 years ago, Blue Sky Sage recognized the need for women-only retreats. They offer a variety of getaways that allow women to escape the stress of life and focus on themselves. There are pack trips and a horsewoman camp. Big Sky Sage is located in Big Piney, near the Wyoming Mountain Range and Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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Heidi Kerr-SchlaeferHeidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the founder of HeidiTown, the place for entertaining festival and travel stories. As the “Mayor” of HeidiTown and a freelance writer, Heidi travels the Rocky Mountain States and beyond in order to introduce her readers/citizens to the amazing adventures that are just a road trip away. ​ 

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