A grape juice toast will celebrate women’s suffrage Monday at a brown bag lunch hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Action Network.
Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chair Natalia Macker will lead the toast. She is Wyoming’s first delegate to Vision 2020, a national nonpartisan women’s equality coalition that celebrates the anniversary of women’s suffrage annually.
“We still have a long way to go in our country and in Wyoming when it comes to gender equality and women’s economic status,” Macker said. “I think we like to celebrate how Wyoming had some great firsts for women, but while we don that we can’t forget how much work there still is to do.”
She cited the wage gap and representation in elected leadership positions as examples.
Similar toasts will take place across the country as part of Vision 2020.
While still a territory, Wyoming granted women the right to vote in 1869. The Aug. 26 event recognizes the anniversary of the 19th Amendment taking effect, which in 1920 granted women in all states the right to vote.
Event organizers note that women’s suffrage was not immediately universal, as indigenous and black women didn’t receive suffrage at the same time.
The family-friendly event will be at noon in Phil Baux Park — though organizers are calling it Phil and Frona Baux Park to call attention to the disparity in places named for men versus women.
“There’s so many times in our daily life where we take for granted that things are named for men and they’re not necessarily named for women,” organizer Jen Simon said.
Organizers are providing grape juice (a nod to Alice Paul and original suffragists) and watermelon, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch (and their own cups).
“It will be fun,” Macker said. “We can share stories about what it means to us as individuals to be able to vote and exercise that, and raise awareness and learn about other opportunities and issues that may be in our community.”
Those who can’t make it are encouraged to post pictures of their own toasts with the hashtag #ToastToTenacity.
A previous version of this story misidentified Natalia Macker. She is the current chair of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.