From the pedestal below:
John D. Baker
The title “The Franchise” refers to the recognition and bestowal of the right of women to vote under full civil equality with men. In 1869, Wyoming became the first state or territory to grant this right.
This act was inspirational to both the women’s suffrage movement and to the cause of civil rights throughout the nation. The nineteen amendment to the United States Constitution would not be ratified until 1920 – fifty years later.
70 years old Louisa Swain became the world’s first woman voter when she cast her ballot one block from this site on the morning of September 6, 1870. This memorial commemorates and celebrates that historic event.