The Birthplace of Women’s Suffrage is the Ultimate Cowgirl Escape
Cheyenne, WY proudly celebrates female trailblazers past and present
Cheyenne, WY – March 18, 2022 – From 1869, when Wyoming was the first place in the world to guarantee women’s right to vote, to today, its capital city Cheyenne celebrates females of the frontier year-round, making it the ultimate cowgirl destination.
“From women’s suffrage and the first female governor, judge, juror, and court bailiff to current entrepreneurs, legislators, artisans, volunteers and beyond shaping our community – I am proud to call Cheyenne home and share our tremendous history of inclusion and modern-day appeal with fellow female trailblazers,” shares Andi Jaspersen, Experience and Marketing Manager for Visit Cheyenne. “From museums to nightlife, there are plenty of activities in store for female groups of all ages.”
This iconic western town is home to historical female firsts such as:
- The country’s first female justice of the peace Esther Hobart Morris (1870)
- The creator of Cheyenne’s first garden and facilitator of the first congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church in Wyoming Territory, former slave Lucinda “Lucy” Phillips (1867)
- The first woman in the nation elected to attend the Republican National Convention, suffragist and orator Theresa Jenkins (1892)
- America’s first elected female governor Nellie Tayloe Ross (1925)
- The first female mayor of The Equality State’s capital city Mayor Marian Orr (2016)
- The first Native American and member of the Navajo Nation to serve in the Wyoming Senate Legislature Senator Affie Ellis (2016 to present)
Quintessential female centric stops when visiting the Cow“girl” state capital include:
Wyoming State Capitol Building to visit the chambers where women’s suffrage was signed into enactment and where the statue of Esther Hobart Morris, the first female justice of the peace, stands.
Wyoming Historic Governors' Mansion was home to America’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, along with respective governors and their families between 1905 and 1976.
The Cowgirls of the West Museum highlights the substantial contributions that women have made to the area's history.
Alexis Drake is a beloved luxury handcrafted leatherwork shop owned by female entrepreneur Lexie Garrett.
Go Slo hand-illustrated premium apparel and accessories celebrating a love of the outdoors and everything uniquely and wonderfully Wyoming, is located within Cheyenne’s Bighorn Design Studio and founded by Bria Hammock, a contemporary wilderness painter, muralist and a graphic designer.
Black Tooth Brewing Co. is a favorite neighborhood watering hole managed by local craft beer industry aficionado, Steph Reece.
The Paramount Café coffee shop and eatery, The Paramount Ballroom handcrafted cocktail lounge and The Lincoln historic theatre’s music venue are led by Renee Jelinek, a fierce music, arts and fashion lover influencing Cheyenne’s chic scene.
To learn more about the destination offerings, including lodging, food and drink, culture, western appeal, annual events and more, visit cheyenne.org. Interested individuals may call 800-426-5009 for assistance customizing the ultimate cowgirl escape.
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About Visit Cheyenne
Located approximately 90 minutes north of Denver, Wyoming’s capital city is an icon in the American west. Known as “The Magic City of the Plains” – this destination boasts tremendous history and modern appeal with western swagger, extensive outdoor recreation, a world-class rodeo, vibrant culture and arts, lively craft beverage scene, family-friendly attractions, charismatic culinary offerings, special events and more. The destination is home to Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and celebration of western culture and is within a day’s drive of some of the nation's most beloved natural monuments and parks, including Mt. Rushmore, the Black Hills, Devils Tower, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Discover a magical place that captures the imagination of the American West amid the beauty of the high plains. Discover more at cheyenne.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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