May 1, 2020
Today, the Utah Attorney General’s Office is proud to recognize Law Day and the role that law plays in our society by protecting our freedoms and bringing justice for all Americans.
This year, the theme is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100” as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which certified women’s right to vote. In addition, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th amendment, which secured the right to vote to all citizens, regardless of race or color. This theme underscores the importance of the right to vote as the foundation of our country and affirms the structure it now stands upon. It maintains the checks and balances for our local and federal governments established by the U.S. Constitution.
This Law Day, the Utah Attorney General’s Office reaffirms its commitment to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms and liberties it provides. We urge you to celebrate and learn more about the 15th and 19th amendments and how their passage continues to shape and build our country.
Learn more about Law Day here.
February 12, 2020
Today marks the 150th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Utah! The Utah Territorial legislature granted women voting rights and the bill was signed into law on February 12, 1870. Two days later, on February 14, 1870, Seraph Young was the first woman in the country to cast a vote under equal suffrage law.
This afternoon, Better Days 2020 Co-Chair Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes commemorated the occasion in a ceremony alongside Governor Gary R. Herbert, Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert, Utah female legislators, and Better Days 2020. Governor Herbert signed HJR 12, a resolution honoring the Utah women who contributed to the women’s suffrage movement.
Listen to the ceremony below.
Utah’s history is filled with incredible women leaders who
advocated for women’s rights and helped shape Utah into what it is today. Women
like Seraph Young, Martha Hughes Cannon, Lavina Murdock, and Mae Timbimboo
Parry blazed a trail that spanned decades and generations and is still ongoing
We are proud to partner with organizations like Better Days 2020 who raises awareness about the value of women leaders in civil and corporate communities. We encourage Utahns to join with us as we celebrate women’s right to vote in Utah. Read more about the prominent women in Utah’s history here.