You don’t know “the middle of nowhere” until you’ve seen the big-sky beauty of Wyoming. Autumnal-gold fields are polka-dotted with black cattle. In the distance, ragged, snow-dusted mountain peaks wear an opaque veil of mist. Ironically, for a region synonymous with dude ranches, this harsh land was also the birthplace of women’s rights, earning it the moniker ‘the equality state.’
In 1869, Wyoming gave its women the right to vote, a full 50 years before the 19th amendment was passed. It also appointed the first female governor, justice of the peace, an all-female jury in the county, inspiring women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony to declare: “Wyoming is the first place on God’s green earth which could consistently claim to be the land of the free.” For our feminist guide to Wyoming, Unearth Women dives into the historical female pioneers who set the bar for global equality, as well as the entrepreneurial movers and shakers who call the state home today.