Washington’s First Women in Government

  • Once treated as second-class citizens and prohibited by the courts from casting a legal ballot, Washington women finally won the right to vote in 1910, after a long, emotionally charged battle.
  • The milestone took place 10 years ahead of the national amendment and triggered a wave of political firsts that spanned eight decades.
  • First Women in Government follows the lives of 14 pathfinders who soared to some of the most coveted offices in Washington politics never before held by women.

"To longer withhold political emancipation from women is a menace to progress and an injustice to the race."

May Arkwright Hutton, November 1908