100 years ago, the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote, but the women in Wyoming had already been voting. Wyoming entered the U.S. as a Territory in 1869 and had given women full voting rights from the beginning.
20 years later, when Wyoming was applying for statehood, its new constitution affirmed the right of women to vote. When Congress threatened to deny the Territory statehood unless it removed the provision allowing women to vote, Wyoming refused, and Congress gave in.
Wyoming became the first state in the nation to grant women full voting rights when it became the country’s 44th state in 1890.
2020 Legislative Session
The 2020 legislative session runs from January 21 to February 20. This is a 30
calendar day session and they can only consider legislation that is directly
related to the budget, plus issues that are included in a message by the
Governor to the Legislature. Memorials and joint resolutions
can also be considered.
On Thursday, February 6, 2020, the public will be invited to an event celebrating both the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters and the centennial of New Mexico’s ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Enjoy costumes, festivities and refreshments.
Hear from women leaders including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver,
Senator Nancy Rodriguez, Senator Liz Stefanics, Representative Gail Chasey and Representative Joanne Ferrary,
LWVUS Director Virginia Kase and LWVNM President Hannah Burling.
Wednesday, February 5,
League members are invited to the annual Legislative Reception,
at the Rio Chama Restaurant.
Hear honored guest Virginia Kase, CEO, League of Women Voters of the US.
Network with fellow members, legislators, and invited guests!
The League is leading the Fair Districts for New Mexico Project. The goal
is to promote fair and transparent redistricting for New Mexico following the
2020 census. Please visit the
Fair Districts web site for updates.
The 2020 Census is also of critical importance to New Mexico.
We'll be working to get every New Mexican counted.
Read about it on our 2020 Census page.
League Days and 100th Anniversary Celebration;
Reception and celebration;
League Day accommodations;
Advocacy workshop summary;
League legislative priorities;
Judicial selection study;
Program, proposed positions;
Spent nuclear fuel advocacy group report;
Local League News.
Want to reach NM’s Congressional delegation? The Congressional toll-free number is 1-866-727-4894 . Just ask for your representative or senator. Please remember that you are speaking as an individual and not for the League.