Today in 1870: Esther Morris becomes the nation’s first woman Justice of the Peace. Morris is credited with winning women’s suffrage in Wyoming territory last year. She arm-twisted two Democratic lawmakers into sponsoring legislation, which gives women the vote.
Most Wyoming lawmakers treated the measure lightheartedly, hoping their bold step would attract more women to the territory. Democrats, for their part, were counting on a veto by Governor John Campbell. After the bill passed, however, Campbell promptly signed the bill, making Wyoming the first state or territory to enact women’s suffrage.
In 1872, the Democrats will try to repeal the bill, offering Campbell 2,000 dollars to cooperate. The governor will firmly refuse.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Today is the Anniversary March: A strong UW is a strong Wisconsin! Gather at 4:30pm at the Library Mall, at State and Lake Streets, and march at 5pm. Two years after the historic Wisconsin Uprising began, the struggle to protect quality public education and workers’ rights continues. This is sponsored by the Teaching Assistants’ Association and United Faculty and Academic Staff at UW-Madison. For more info, call Charity at 608-334-6370.
A used book sale sponsored by Friends of the Fitchburg Library will be held tomorrow from noon to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. This will be at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road. Find a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, mystery, and children’s books at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit the library. More info at 608-729-1760.
This Saturday is the Fifth Annual Wisconsin Progressive Grassroots Festival! Keynote speakers are Mike McCabe and Lisa Graves, plus eighteen breakout sessions, literature tables, and activist networking. There is a suggested donation, which includes lunch. This is Saturday from 8:30am to 4pm at Wisconsin Heights High School, 10173 State Highway 14 near Mazomanie. More info at wisconsingrassroots.net.