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How polygamy helped Utah women get the right to vote

Feb 12, 2020 - The Salt Lake Tribune

In February 1870, Utah women became the first in the country to vote under an equal suffrage law. The triumphant version of this history celebrates the state’s early dedication to equality for women.

But the driving force behind the milestone was arguably Utah’s fight to preserve polygamy — a practice under new attack after the end of the Civil War.

“Women’s suffrage and polygamy were intertwined from the beginning here,” said Katherine Kitterman, historical director for ...