Esther Hobart Morris

2006 Cowgirl Honoree – Wyoming

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(1814-1902)

Hailed as a civil rights leader, Esther made significant headway in the fight for women’s suffrage when her influential efforts made it possible for women to vote in the Wyoming Territory in 1869. Her triumph there set a course for equality that would not be fully realized in the rest of the United States until 51 years later with the passage of the 19th Amendment. She became the United States’ first female justice of the peace in 1870 and represents Wyoming in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington D.C. as a notable person in Wyoming history. She is remembered as a true pioneer for women.