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Power Of The Past: Retelling Utah's Suffragette History To Empower Modern Women

Added 02-14-20 12:06:02pm EST - “Women in Utah became the first in America to vote under an equal suffrage law on Feb. 14, 1870. There are celebrations, but it means confronting the state's uncomfortable polygamy history, too.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Power Of The Past: Retelling Utah's Suffragette History To Empower Modern Women”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs bill honoring the state's pioneering women suffragists on Wednesday. He's surrounded by state senators and representatives, and his wife, who are all wearing the yellow rose symbolizing suffrage. Utah Governor's Office hide caption

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs bill honoring the state's pioneering women suffragists on Wednesday. He's surrounded by state senators and representatives, and his wife, who are all wearing the yellow rose symbolizing suffrage.

When Neylan McBaine told her friends in Brooklyn that she was moving to Salt Lake City a few years ago, she was shocked by the negative reactions she got. People warned her that Utah was unfriendly to women.

"I got a lot of comments that my girls were not going to be raised in an environment that empowered them," she said. "They were going to be told that they couldn't work, and would have no examples of modern women to look up to."

Utah had always been the homeland of McBaine's faith, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The negative perceptions of Utah's women rattled her.

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