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Exercising a right that their peers throughout the United States were denied, Utah women voted in 1870 elections. At the time, the only other American women who could vote were in Wyoming territory, and they had not yet had the chance to go to the polls. The more numerous women of Utah would lose the vote as a result of subsequent conflicts between mormons and the federal government over polygamy. However, they regained woman suffrage in the 1896 Utah state constitution, after a hard fought struggle that involved national figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and local leaders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and local leaders such as Emmeline B. Wells and Emily S. Richards. The sixteen essays in Battle for the Ballot recount the dramatic history of these pacesetting efforts to obtain for Utah women the rights to vote and hold public office.
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Madsen, Carol Cornwall, "Battle for the Ballot Essays on Woman Suffrage in Utah, 1870- 1896" (1997). All USU Press Publications. 176.