(WOMENSENEWS)–1870. Women in the sparsely populated state of Wyoming became the first to gain suffrage. Historian Eleanor Flexner writes that the elections of that year and the next “confounded all predictions of disaster.” Flexner adds: “Women did not, as prophesied, descend upon the polling places in hordes and upset the established order. Uncertainty and fear held many back, and others simply did not care to exercise their newly acquired right. Those who did so came through the ordeal unscathed.”