Colorado State, Day Seven of AP Reading

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Yesterday after the reading of the Document Based Question, I made my way over to Clark Hall here at Colorado State to hear two paper presentations: Carol Herringer presented her research on Jesus and Gender in the Victorian Church in England. Afterwards Elizabeth Lehfeldt presented a paper on Masculinity and Decline in Early Modern Spain. I did a great job following their paper presentations, though my brain was dead much like it was earlier today. How many bad essays can a person read before the mind collapse?

Jessica Young, Celia Applegate, Marion Truslow, and myself decided to leave campus for a drive to Cheyenne, Wyoming for dinner. It was my first visit to Wyoming. We did not have a lot of time to tour the city but we did make a stop at the capitol building. It was there that I took the above left photo of them standing in front of the statue of Esther Hobart Morris, who

…(August 8, 1814April 2, 1902) was a leader in the American woman’s suffrage movement. She was also the first woman to serve as a justice of the peace in the United States.

Esther Hobart Morris was born in Tioga County, New York. Orphaned at age 11, she was apprenticed to a seamstress and became a successful milliner and businesswoman. As a young woman she was active in the anti-slavery movement. Widowed in 1845, she moved to Peru, Illinois, to settle the property in her husband’s estate. There she realized the legal difficulties faced by women. She married John Morris, a prosperous merchant, and in 1869 they moved to a gold rush camp at South Pass City, Wyoming Territory.

To promote the idea of giving women the right to vote, Morris organized a tea party (some people call this “The Wyoming Tea Party”) for the electors and candidates for the first territorial legislature. With the national woman suffrage movement still being organized, Wyoming’s enactment of such a law in 1869 was a legislative milestone. Laws were also passed giving married women control of their own property and providing equal pay for women teachers.

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