No matter the outcome, election night this Tuesday will be historic in Hillary Clinton’s breaking through the glass ceiling, becoming the first woman to be named a major party’s presidential nominee in this country.
So it seems appropriate this #ThrowbackThursday to look at another milestone in gender equality, the eventual triumph of the womens’ suffrage movement. These images found in the Denver Public Library’s Western History Collection are a glimpse back into this watershed moment.
While the information associated with these images do not include an exact time and place, the planked porch in the first photo suggests a western locale, potentially Colorado.
Colorado, by the way, was the first U.S. state to elect women to its legislature, and the first state to legalize women’s voting via referendum. (Wyoming and Utah granted women the vote through legislative action in 1869 and 1870.)
It’s quite likely these ladies were lined up to vote for or against Howard Taft, who was elected in 1908 and would later be documented visiting Denver in 1911.