The State of Equality

Written and directed by Caldera Productions and co-produced with Wyoming PBS. With the national campaign for a women’s suffrage amendment stalled, the thinly populated Wyoming Territory in 1869 became the first democracy in the modern world to recognize a woman’s unqualified right to vote. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past.

December 2019

Congratulations to The State of Equality for being nominated for two EMMYs - best Historical Documentary and Best Musical Score!

Stay tuned as winners will be announced on July 25th, 2020!

DIGITAL SHORT NOW AVAILABLE

From the EMMY nominated documentary and as seen on Wyoming PBS, The State of Equality is now available as a 20 minute short that explores how 50 years before the 19th Amendment the West led on women’s suffrage.  The film is perfect for events, screenings, classroom use and panels. 

FILM & DISCUSSION: Consider pairing The State of Equality -Digital Short with a post-film discussion, panel or Q&A that features one of the film’s historians, authors or filmmakers. The 20 minute film + a speaker and audience discussion offers excellent programable opportunities for in person or online digital events during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sophie Barksdale

The State of Equality Producer

Insights into the making of the film and great as a moderator for a post film discussion.

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Renee Laegreid

Univ. of Wyo. Professor of History

Brings the history of women's suffrage to life through her compelling storytelling.  

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Elaine Weiss

Author - The Womens Hour

Expert knowledge on the national movement for women's suffrage and passage of the 19th Amendment.  

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Allison K. Lange

Author & History Professor

Teaches, speaks and writes about the history of women's suffrage in the United States.

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Jennifer Helton

Historian, Professor & Writer

Teaches and writes about women's suffrage and women's rights in the 19th Century American West.

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Geoff O'Gara

The State of Equality Producer

Insights into the making of the film and great as a moderator for a post film discussion.

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A Co-Production of

Thank you for your interest in hosting a screening of State of Equality, a co-production of Wyoming PBS and Caldera Productions. Please take a moment to fill out this screening request form and tell us a little about your event. Upon event approval Wyoming PBS staff will be in touch with you with materials and details.

Screening conditions: all screenings must be free to the public and hosted by any non-profit, educational, or government entity. There is no fee or license to screen the film, but both Wyoming PBS and Caldera Productions must be credited in any promotional materials. A request letter on organizational letterhead is required. Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in State of Equality. Your request will be considered and a Wyoming PBS staff person will be in touch with you shortly. 

Thank you for your interest in a Public Library Copy of The State of Equality, a co-production of Wyoming PBS and Caldera Productions. Please take a moment to fill out this DVD request form. Upon approval Wyoming PBS staff will be in touch with you with shipment and details.

Free copies are only available for Wyoming Public Libraries. Out of state libraries please purchase the DVD from the Wyoming PBS website. Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in State of Equality. Your request will be considered and a Wyoming PBS staff person will be in touch with you shortly.