Woman Suffrage Association of Utah
In January 1889 the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah was organized as an auxiliary of the National Woman Suffrage Association, headed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Women throughout the territory were encouraged to educate themselves about political and civic matters through the WSAU and in Relief Societies.
Emmeline Blanche Woodward Harris Whitney Wells (1828–1921) represented Utah at many national suffrage meetings. She edited the Woman’s Exponent for 37 years and became friends with national suffragist Susan B. Anthony. She was instrumental in founding the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah and served as the fifth General Relief Society President.
Ruth May Fox (1853–1958) was mentored by Emmeline Wells. She served as the treasurer for the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah and as president of the Utah Woman’s Press Club. She later became General President of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association (the precursor to the Young Women organization).