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150th Anniversary Of Utah Women's Suffrage

Better Days 2020

150 years ago, on February 14, 1870, Salt Lake City resident Seraph Young and  25 other Utah women voted in a municipal election, becoming the first women in the country to vote under equal suffrage laws. 

While Wyoming was the first state to grant female citizens suffrage, Utah held two elections that local women voted in nearly a year before Wyoming, thus securing their place in history. However, it’s a history that has largely been lost and overlooked for some complicated reasons, polygamy chief among them. We’ll talk on Friday at 11 a.m. about this history and why it’s one that most Utahns and beyond have never heard. 


  • Neylan McBaine, CEO of Better Days 2020 
  • Katherine Kitterman, PhD candidate in history at American University and historical director for Better Days 2020. She’s the co-author of Thinking Women: A Timeline of Suffrage in Utah with Rebekah Clark.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.