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When Chris Gregoire takes office, Washington becomes the first state to simultaneously have a woman governor and two women U.S. senators. Gregoire had earlier been the first woman to become the state's attorney general.
Dixy Lee Ray elected the state's first woman governor. She serves from 1977 until 1981.
Catherine May from Yakima is the first woman from Washington elected to Congress.
Bertha Knight Landes becomes the mayor of Seattle, the first woman elected to lead a major American city.
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave the right to vote to women.
After Washington gave women the right to vote, the suffrage movement gained success throughout the West. This popular postcard called "The Awakening" shows the sentiment of the day that Lady Liberty spreads enlightenment from West to East.
Washington becomes the fifth state in the country to grant women the right to vote. It was the first state to do so in more than a decade. It sparked the flagging suffrage movement nationwide.
Everett's suffrage club was heralded as one of the most active suffrage clubs in the state. Edmonds journalist Missouri Hanna publishes a radical newspaper on the suffrage movement.
Washington women head to post offices to vote for the state flower in a women-only election. They choose the rhododendron.
Washington becomes the young country's 42nd state.
The conservative territorial Supreme Court nullifies the right of woman in Washington to vote on what is described as a technicality.
Women in the territory of Washington first gain the right to vote. Eastern Washington farmers hoping to improve the morals of the territory supported the effort. The right was later revoked.
National suffragist Susan B. Anthony visits Olympia, the territorial capital of Washington, to rally support for women's right to vote.
Wyoming territorial women gain the right to vote. This statue of Wyoming suffragist Esther Hobart Morris stands outside the state's capitol.
A group of women gathered at the Wesleyan Chape in Seneca, N.Y., for the first women's rights convention.