History class might have taught you that women in the United States won the right to vote in after a hard-fought struggle that culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Suffragettes went to prison for picketing, conducted hunger strikes, and endured the indignity of force-feedings by jailers. As the National Park Service describes , suffragettes went wild in the West , mobilizing and lobbying to great effect. In , the Wyoming Territory gave women the right to vote. The Utah Territory followed suit in
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History and lore of the American frontier have long been dominated by an iconic figure: the grizzled, gunslinging man, going it alone, leaving behind his home and family to brave the rugged, undiscovered wilderness. Women were in the picture much more than traditional histories have told. The frontier was occupied not only by indigenous people, but also by African Americans, Spanish colonialists and others of European descent, offering skeletal social networks for white explorers and settlers from the east. By tapping into these networks, they learned survival skills like how to find food and made alliances, often through marriage.
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I n the American imagination, the rugged, vast landscapes of the West are dotted with solitary men on horseback—cowboys, outlaws, sheriffs. What brought women to places like California and Wyoming, and what lives could they lead there? Did Western women experience the same freedoms and adventures as their male counterparts?