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July 29, 2020 Feature

Women’s Suffrage in the Western States and Territories

By Judge Samuel A. Thumma

Nationally, women’s suffrage came to be via the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution adopted a century ago. Other articles in this issue of The Judges’ Journal provide thoughtful history, context, and detail in celebrating that enactment. But women’s suffrage has a fascinating history in the states and territories that predates the Nineteenth Amendment, at times by decades and centuries. This article provides a brief glimpse into those efforts in the western states and territories.

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