Statehood and Suffrage
With Utah’s admission to the United States as the 45th state on January 4, 1896, having secured female suffrage in the new state constitution, Utah women had won the right to vote for a second time.
After disenfranchisement many Utah women—both Latter-day Saint and not—united their efforts to regain the right to vote despite polygamy still being a polarizing factor. After the 1890 Manifesto announced the beginning of the end of Latter-day Saint plural marriage, tensions eased.
National suffragists openly supported Utah statehood, hoping that suffrage would be included in the new state constitution. Despite some opposition at the 1895 constitutional convention, suffrage was included in the constitution. On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state and the third state in the country with equal suffrage (following Wyoming and Colorado).