Alaska’s women won the right to vote on March 14, 1913, becoming one of only ten states granting women’s suffrage at the time.
For decades, women’s groups in the United States had fought for the right to vote, making most headway in the American West. Rather than directly grant Alaska’s women the right to vote, Congress gave that power to the Alaska Legislature when it approved the law creating the Territory of Alaska, signed by President Taft on August 24, 1912.
When the First Territorial Legislature met, it’s first act was to unanimously approve a bill to allow women to vote. Legislators said that women had proven themselves in Alaska and did much to support its development.
This Alaska action was praised by supporters of women’s suffrage in the United States. The Seattle Sun commented that “Alaska is nothing if not progressive”.