A Town Run by Women
Last month we blogged about the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. As mentioned in that post, women in Utah were allowed to vote well before the federal constitutional amendment was passed. In 1912, that may have helped the southern Utah town of Kanab elect an all-woman government: mayor, council and clerk.
Want to learn more? Check out these resources:
- Kylie Nielson Turley, Kanab's All Woman Town Council, 1912-1014: Politics, Power Struggles, and Polygamy, 73 Utah Historical Quarterly 308 (Fall 2006)
- Kanab Residents Choose Women to Run Their Town in 1912 from Utah History to Go website.
Pictured: Kanab town board, 1912-14 (L-R) Luella McAllister (treasurer), Blanche Hamblin (councilor), Mary Elizabeth Wooley Howard Chamberlain (mayor), Tamar Hamblin (clerk) and Ada Seegmiller (councilor).
Photo from http://historyforkids.utah.gov/homework_help/counties/kane.html.