150 years ago, the first vote under a women's suffrage law was cast and counted.

That happened right here in Utah. At that moment, Seraph Young and her vote changed the lives of women forever. Utah women later fought alongside their fellow Americans to pass the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment extended women’s voting rights throughout the United States, but the struggle for suffrage continued beyond 1920 for many women of color. We witness the legacy of these great leaders every day in strong, influential, female trailblazers across Utah in our families and communities. To honor the 150th anniversary of that first women’s vote, show us how you live the Utah women’s legacy of leadership. Join Better Days 2020 as we celebrate our Utah HERitage!

Participate as a Utah HERitage Business
This August!


Request our posters to place in your business’ windows. The dimensions are 16” x 24”. The set of 10 features ten individual women. No cost for first 50 businesses to request. Click here to place a poster order.

Request a “First to Vote” banner. Better Days 2020 has set aside funds to help pay for banners. Businesses can choose to pay $440, $220, or request a free banner. The form will be amended when the subsidized banners are no longer available. Click here to place a banner order.

Light your building in the suffrage colors of purple and gold. Purchase Apollo Gel Rolls in color codes AP7350 and AP3150, cut the film to fit the size of your lights, lay the gel over the lights, and you’re done! We’ve arranged a special deal through Performance Audio for 10% Off Select Apollo Gel Rolls. COUPON CODE: AMEND19. Valid today through July 31. Click here to order the purple gel. Click here to order the gold gel.


Create a purple and gold product for the month of August (purple and gold cookie, shave ice combination, etc.) or name something after a local or national suffragist (the Emmeline Wells burger, the Susan B. Anthony shirt, etc.).

Offer a 19% discount in honor of the 19th Amendment.

Request a UtahHERitage toolkit to distribute swag to your staff and customers.

Access the library of UtahHERitage social media graphics and use them on your business’ postings. Click here to view the library.

Additional kits and materials are also available for purchase at www.BetterDays2020.org.

Become A Utah HERitage School

Your classroom or school can join the 2020 celebrations in a meaningful way and use the history as a model for trailblazers today. With the Utah HERitage School toolkit, you’ll receive the ideas, historical support, lesson plans, swag and activity materials you need to make 2020 impactful for your students.

Mae Timbimboo Parry - Historian and Matriarch of the northwestern band of the shoshone

Look for a Celebration Near You

August 2020

Corresponding with the centennial of the 19th Amendment, celebrations will be held in Washington D.C. to induct the statue of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

Wondering what is happening in your area to celebrate Utah HERitage?

Check out the calendar below for events around Utah that you can participate in. You’ll find everything from local parades to academic conferences to communal art projects!

Want to add your event to the Utah HERitage calendar?

If your city, school, or organization is hosting an event to celebrate Utah women in 2020, let us know! Email us with the information, and we will add it to our public calendar. You can also add your event on NowPlayingUtah using the “UtahHERitage” tag.

Shop Utah HERitage Merchandise

Utah Heritage Merchandise

Spice up your celebration with pins, stickers, posters, classroom materials, and more!

Our shop has everything you need to celebrate 2020 in a fun and meaningful way. Need more pencils? Want to order a banner for your city? Visit the Better Days 2020 store to purchase your Utah HERitage merchandise.

Dive into Utah Women’s History

Utah Women’s History Educational Library:

Learn about trailblazing Utah women:

K-12 lesson plans and materials:

29 County-Specific Suffrage Histories:

Champions of Change: 25 Women Who Made History – Children’s Book:

Downtown Salt Lake City Suffrage Tour:

Family and Classroom Activities:

Informational Videos:

Children’s Book Recommendations:

HANNAH KAAEPA - Iosepa resident, suffragist, & advocate for Hawaiians’ rights.

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