Lola Van Wagenen

LOLA VAN WAGENEN began her formal education at BYU in 1957. After raising three children, she resumed school at Goddard College in 1980. In 1984, she completed her M.A. at New York University where she is currently finishing her Ph.D. She now claims membership in a new category: grandmothers working on dissertations. A version of this essay was presented at the 1989 annual Mormon History Association meeting in Quincy, Illinois.

In Their Own Behalf: The Politicization of Mormon Women and the 1870 Franchise

Articles/Essays – Volume 24, No. 4

Dialogue 24.4 (Winter 1991): 75–96
IMMEDIATELY UPON THE PASSAGE of territorial legislation enfranchising Utah’s women in 1870, almost fifty years before the Nineteenth Amend￾ment extended the vote to American women, arguments erupted between the Mormon and non-Mormon community over the reasons behind this legislation.

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