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Today marks 151 years since a Utah woman became the first to vote

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Posted at 8:47 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 00:05:13-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Sunday marks the 151st anniversary of Seraph Young becoming the first American woman to legally cast a vote.

On Feb. 14, 1870, Young was the first in a group of about 25 women who voted in a Salt Lake City municipal election.

While Wyoming was the first U.S. state or territory to legalize women's suffrage in December of 1869, it did not hold an election until September 1870.

"It's really cool to me as a Utahn to know Utah women were the first to vote," said Catherine Kitterman, the historical director of Better Days 2020. "That happened 50 years before the 19th Amendment passed — almost 100 years before the Voting Act was passed that really extended votes to all women in the country."

Better Days 2020 has more information and resources on women's history in Utah on their website.