Renee Laegried is a historian who specializes in women’s history and the history of the American West.

She was born in Washington state and moved to Wyoming in 2012.

In this episode, Renee talks about the reasons Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote, the ways Wyoming has improved since then, and the facets of the state where there is still much work to be done.

“Women overall are starting to become more engaged in politics and that’s a really significant trend.” – Renee Laegried

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“Unless people start supporting women, it’s going to be hard for them to be more engaged.” – Renee Laegried

Show Notes:

  • Why Renee became interested in the West
  • Why Renee decided to major in History
  • Wyoming’s legacy of gender equality
  • Are cowgirls a feminist symbol?
  • Why Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote
  • What drove people to move to Wyoming
  • How to encourage women in Wyoming to run for office
  • Women who inspire Renee

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