Thyra Thomson with Esther Hobart Morris statue

Secretary of State Thyra Thomson stands beside the statue of Esther Hobart Morris. This photo was taken during the 75th anniversary of statehood celebration in 1965. Wyoming State Archives/courtesy

In less than two months, the state will mark the 150th anniversary of women in the former Territory of Wyoming being granted the right to vote. On Dec. 10, 1869, the first unconditional law in the country guaranteeing women the right to participate in the electoral process and hold public office was passed right here in Cheyenne.

Yet this historic achievement is currently being overshadowed by a controversy in the halls of state government that should never have existed in the first place: Whether to return the statue of suffragette Esther Hobart Morris to the area in front of the state Capitol.

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